|The many petals of a delicate peony contrast with the fresh spring blue of Picea pungens 'Montgomery'|
As we continue to anticipate the coming season in the gardens here at Oak Lawn Cheese Factory, we find it difficult to think past the beginning weeks of June. Despite the fact that the days of summer hold thousands of charms in the gardens, we find ourselves partial to the days of spring. It is in this time that the weight of anticipation and excitement lie most heavily on the air. In spring we find ourselves renewed with amazement on a daily basis as our maturing plant collection displays itself in ways that seem totally new to us. Yes, we have witnessed these wonders many times in the past, and yet it's as if each plant that unfolds its blooms before us had never previously displayed its glory in such a way as this... we welcome all the changes from the past year and the new members of our ever growing plant community... we sense real joy and thanksgiving as well, as we truly believe we are among the luckiest people on earth to be able to witness all that is happening around us...
|One bloom of 'Bartzella' is like a shaft of sunshine breaking through a day of the darkest clouds... an entire plant in bloom is like a vacation in the Caribbean|
|Having even a single beech tree in ones garden, creates a connection with centuries of gardening and gardeners as well... this is Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor', the very presence of which gives a |
sense permanence to this place
|The glitz of New York City in a country garden... such is the bearing of Papaver orientale 'Manhattan'|
|Siberian Irises... as beloved for their foliage as for their bloom|
|We can forgive Allium nectaroscordum 'Siculum' var bulgaricum its name, once we are reminded of the fountain-like beauty of its bloom that so reminds me of the lily lamp clusters of Tiffany Studio design|
|'Daybreak' again... I can't seem to share it enough... if only for my own viewing|
|Blooming at exactly the same time, 'Elizabeth' lights up the days of spring... it was fortuitous that I planted 'Elizabeth' and 'Daybreak' side by side, totally unaware at the time that they were meant for each other|
|Saponaria officinalis or soapwort for its nature of creating foam when swished about in water|
|The premier tulip in our gardens... delicate, tall and stately...|
'Blushing Beauty' lives up to its name completely
|Created by a local legend, Peony 'Tinka Philips' amazes with its lovely shade of pink, edging to an almost picotee in silvery white... rare and tall, in a good year standing to chest height|
|A bearded iris, name unknown as it was not the plant originally purchased... yet there are no complaints as this one is spectacular in bloom|
As I read the posts of those of you who have started on the path to spring, I am happen for the beauty you are beginning to experience and glad that I can share in the photos of your garden "families".... and yet I am not envious as we look out upon many inches of snow and high drifts... Robert Frost put it this way "I have miles to go before I sleep".... in my case "I have winter projects I need to complete". I am involved in doing a kitchen restoration, the original work from almost 25 years ago when I found and purchased 5000 feet of wormy oak piled in a field at some distance from here. I have designed an original 24" diameter glass shade that I'm calling "Les Papillons" and hope to finish before garden work begins... the list goes on...
The later spring comes here, the more likely that the gardens will avoid severe frosts, and that is a very good thing.
Until next time... Larry