For some reason, this piece, Vladimir Martynov’s setting of The Beatitudes, composed in 1998, came to mind while enjoying the beauty of Heronswood in the early spring. Feel free to listen as come along.
Perhaps the the evocative, mystical quality of the music expresses the ineffable thrill of seeing spring unfurl once again, paralleling the rebirth of Heronswood itself.
A patch of meconopsis will will delight at bloom time. "There is nothing quite like the scene when these are in full blossom, like a flock of turquoise macaws sweeping into the garden, bringing with them pieces of the sky itself to place amongst the greenery." - Hinkley
Helleborus multifidus subsp. hercegovinus has okay blooms but oh, that foliage...
Sinopanax formosanus. Love the clear tags!
Speaking of unusual new plants, this one was quite a surprise. What a handsome and friendly fellow. If he didn't belong to a neighbor of the garden, I would have tried to take him home with me. He wasn't destructive at all.
Not so sure about this one walking in the beds.
Native to the Northeastern U.S. Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple, Mandrake Root) is hardy to zone 3a.
Just emerging, this is a large mass of impatiens omeiana. It was in this garden that I first experienced this plant among many others.
Hoped you enjoyed our little stroll!