The musings of a chef-caterer
turned estate gardener,
digging, pruning and
cultivating my way through a year in the garden
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Spring in the Stepchild Garden
The garden at home (AKA The Stepchild) is decidely less formal than that at the Big House or the terraces at the penthouse. This is where I am free to break the rules and let things run slightly amok. The native azalea "Frederick O. Douglas" is the most beautiful shell pink and white when it opens amongst the ferns.
Kerria japonica is one of those plants that everyone in greater Atlanta just seems to have, but nobody actually buys. I just learned that this form is "Plenaflora." There is also a single form that is beautiful. The best part is that it thrives in woodsy shade, so it's a great burst of spring happiness when the forsythia stops blooming.
"Jenny Brook" wallflower must just like being neglected. At the Big House we dote on it, and it doesn't do all that well. In my own garden I honestly forgot about it, and look what has happened!
Creeping Jenny and Obedient plant. Two things that will eventually eat the South (if anything is left when the kudzu and wisteria are done.)
As always, click 'em to make 'em bigger if you want.