My husband and I have been amazed at the population explosion of Lady's Slippers (Cypropidium acaule)
in our neck of the woods this spring. In past years, we'd be lucky to
see three or four of the native orchids in the woods behind our house.
This year, we've seen two stands of more than a twenty such orchids.
This exhibit sounds very cool: Art Goes Wild exhibit at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA. The exhibit marks the 75th anniversary of Garden in the Woods. Here are some pics from a gardener/blogger who went there last month. The exhibit will change through the season as plants fill in and bloom.
The Globe also mentioned the Middlesex Conservation District Spring Plant Sale, which is Friday, April 26 (3-6 PM), and Saturday, April 27, 2007 (8 AM- noon) at the 4-H Fairgrounds on South Chemsford Road in Westford. Too late to pre-order, but you can show up on the sale days and purchase from a variety of plants, including bareroot evergreen seedlings, shrubs and trees, fruits, groundcovers and perennials. Very moderately priced, I've had great results with the shrubs.
I've never been to this one: The New England Unit of the Herb Society of America will present its 27th Annual Herb Plant Sale at Elm Bank on May 12 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Offerings include perennial and annual herbs, heirloom plants, shade plants, ground covers, and new plant varieties. 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. neuhsa.org
Another highly recommended gardening stop is Blanchette Gardens in Carlisle, MA. They only do perennials, but they have a fantastic selection, and all their plants are guaranteed to be hardy in our area. As I wrote about Blanchette's before:
"They have a unsurpassed selection of plants, many imported from China and Japan, that you won't find anywhere else. The owners care as much about leaf texture and plant form as they do about flowers. Plants are very reasonably priced. Perennial heaven! It's an unassuming, no-nonsense nursery with knowledgeable, helpful owners. I've been buying their plants for four years and have had only great results."
Blanchette's opens on April 28, 2007.
Corliss Brothers Garden Center and Nursery on Route 133 in Ipswich, MA comes highly recommended by a landscaper as a great source for shrubs and trees. Haven't been there yet though.
Let me know your favorite garden shop or great little plant sale. Please share your info in the comments.
This crazy Amaryllis grew about four inches a day in the past week, no joke. Three flowers have opened so far, there's one more to bloom. The flower measures eight inches across and sits upon a 30" stalk. It's called the Dancing Queen, and it would give Jack's beanstalk a run for its money.
Next year I'll take time-elapsed photos for the week before Christmas!
We are lucky to have lady's slippers (Cypripedium acaule) growing in the woods behind our house click to enlarge).
And lucky too to have pink flamingoes back there as well. Real pink flamingos, manufactured in Leominster, MA, with a Don Featherstone signature, not those cheap immos made in Canada or China. Click to enlarge.