Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DIRTIER ....The Every-So-Often Garden Memoir
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Dianne B                                                                                  Volume 68October 2015                     

Garden Heaven

Summer’s end is just not as buoyant as its beginning , but this stunning autumn has had many joys:

Like this Acidanthera (or call it Gladioli callianthus Murielae if you must) hovering over the new-for-me Cochicum ‘Zephyr’


a sensitive bicolor from the center out
Odyssey Bulbs)


And don’t forget, you can cut Colchicum for a vase and they last forever – well, for a week anyway
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or you can just let them flop, that’s nice too

Among the dried and crinkled leftovers of the garden –
amazing it survived without sacred rainwater
for almost FIVE weeks  --
there was/is some beautiful
variegation, now at its most distinctive:

Caladium ‘Moonlight’ under Abutilon ‘Savitsky’s Beauty’


and the Abutilon under the Aralia

The third flush of Pulmonaria ‘Samurai’
(cut back hard after flowering in spring and again in July)


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The surprise of the late-summer flowerers:
this one with nice lime-green foliage that keeps its color


and this white leafed one reaching across a path to the Chinese dogwood


And then there's this graceful spathe of Colocasia

the blues and greens of end-summer:

Great Euphorbias in their glory:
(Fen’s Ruby, the ferny and myrsinites, the layered)
over the chartreusiness of gets-better-and-better
Sedum ‘Angelina'


the moss greening up again and the
Farfugium argenta bluer than ever
(Boxtree Farms - TEN! years its been in that pot)


the outstanding thick green leaves of the giant Mayapple (podophbyllum pleianthium, I think) against the painted ferns and lamium

and even though I usually disdain PINK, the autumn PINKS are more than welcome when they look like this:
Can't deny Hydrangea Pinky Winky,
even with its terrible name


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WOW!  Allium pulchellum and an
undeniably pink Calla
The pulchellums take a few years to get going – like sun – and bloom in August
Great, aren't they?

And an even bigger WOW

The Aralia elata ‘Silver Umbrellas’


To me, that's a heavenly garden dream come true...
puffier, more billowing clouds than ever
(I think because
it was courageously cut  back
in early spring)
Bob Wilson said it made his trip from The Watermill Center
to see my garden worthwhile -
mind you, we are talking summer traffic here

So,  one can more easily take the little ups and downs, i.e.

Can you believe a gorgeous tall Golden
Deodar Cedar died?
Here is one last  bough ...
I brought it out of the shade of the old garden and
into the sun of Davids Lane ten years ago..
I thought it would last forever



Our great Hampton tree expert Ray Smith
told me - for sure - that I had overplanted the area.
Too many tress, too little space.
So my, I thought,  perfectly coordinated small trees
next to the pool grew and grew


Suddenly the place it stood all those years became a
new little nook and had some light,
so see a surprise that appeared,
lots of cyclamen too


and the stump/trunk turned out to be a perfect pedestal

Is this one?
I read that they are on the increase and inspired by the Prince of Wales at Highgrove, but there were no images and so, I am imagining that this is, albeit the beginning, of a Stumperie


The LongHouse Landscape Award Weekend

What can I say: it was just divine
from dinner on Friday evening at
Alexandra Munroe’s ocean front estate
Dan Hinkley's funny and wonderful talk at Hoie Hall,
which happens to be the Parrish House of our
beautiful St. Luke's

                                                        Landscape Award Photos by  Paul Aizaga

Martha and our Father Denis

 Lys Marigold and Dan Hinkley

the fabulous luncheon at
LongHouse on the lawn with
the Buckminster Fuller dome,
where we honored
Dan Hinkley and Elizabeth Scholtz
(you know who he is, she was the
driving force of the great Brooklyn Botanic Garden)


The tables are set at LongHouse

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Jamaica Kinkaid

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Our Jack Larsen speaking just the right words

Dan Hinckley and Martha Stewart


to the closing event on Sunday at Bill Smith and
Dennis Schrader’s Great Garden. 


Because they are LandCraft,
they have the hottest plants in the coolest place
and that is no exageration.
Their garden is magic.


Dan Hinkley plants in Dennis & Bill's garden

It is unnecessary for me to show you continuing reams
of photos, but I'll share a few:

Me with Dennis Schrader under his newly constructed “Ruin”, which, is of course, filled with fabulous old finds

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Me giving welcome at the Awards Luncheon

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Me and my godson Jordan

in Alexandra’s Kitchen garden--

If you are panting to see more, it's easy.
Martha Stewart took a million good pictures of
every segment of every event
and they are all on her blog
which you can see right


Small Miracles of Summer PAST:

well, this is a big one:
April Gornick’s great  photos of the eclipse:


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                                                                    April Gornick Photos
She really took these, they are not some internet trick


my concrete ball in the moss garden is no competition for that, but it reminds me how indebted we are to nature


A Surprising Plant Buy:

In my decades of gardening – these are the first –
and I swear the first – I have ever bought;
but somehow I had
an urge for them.
Seeing some purple-hued beauties in other gardens (hardly like daylilies at all) and knowing they fill a gap
and get better with time,
I thought I’d give them a try – we'll see if they are still around this time next year
(or will I pull them out like I invaribly do with perennials
I  think I have to have:  this summer it was Platycodon
that had to go.
Anyway – I ordered some purple ones and a few with that always great combo of white/cream and a burgundy center from
Oakes Daylilies,
after some research they seemed the
best, and was shocked to receive huge gnarls of roots,
especially since all the ones I ordered were in the
Under $10 category,
plus a handwritten note which always gets me,
as well as three bonuses

so a big kudo to Oakes

So much for daylilies,

These are REAL Zantedeschia aethiopica
and they survived "that winter"

..they must be deep down in the ground by now – maybe 4th or 5th year – and appreciative of the several layers of burlap blanket that allowed them to withstand a bitter winter

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A magnificent Pineapple lily
'Sparkling Burgundy'


Another one

...from LandCraft, of course

In the last issue of Dirtier,  a few months ago I admit,
I promised you lilies and here are a few of the best:

At least the best of those  left after the rabbits chomped many of them to the ground (but it has been nice having  the rabbits back this season, though the foxes are nice too)

Casablancas hidden in just the right spot

an Orienpet, cross between an Oriental and a Trumpet,
I like these better than either

and my favorite double Tiger lily blooming in quite
severe shade...
they proliferate like crazy in the sun


But’s attention is diverted by the ever-divine, long-present Angelica ---  I said to my young, and at 17 hopefully impressionable, godson ...
this is the sexiest flower


Probably inappropriate because he looked at me
like I was crazy.
I always thought Angelica gigas a biennial that spread
good seed; but have recently learned they may be three-year biennials
(then why don’t they call it a triennnial???)

Anyway...this doesn’t come from Hortus,
but I like the way it sounds
“Angelica archangelica
The floriferous namesake of St. Michael the Archangel, who is supposed to have revealed its power to battle the plague, Angelica archangelica’s luxuriant, tropical-looking foliage makes a dramatic entrance each spring as leaves unfurl to a length of 2 to 3 ft. Flower buds of mauve, strikingly set against its deeply divided bright green verdure, herald the imposing lime-tinted white flowers surmounting thick, erect stalks. This Angelica’s aromatic young shoots have long been used as a flavoring in sweet confections.
Blooms August–September.
Size: 5' high x 4'–5' wide; hardy to zone 4."

And this magnicicent jack-in-the-pulpit
with the 'drip tips' was
amazing at about 4'


the Black Mondo Grass among the chartreuse Lysimachia nummularia is just perfect

while these blacks among the Sedum ‘Angelina’
are splendid


This is obviously my color combination of choice,
but one can get hung up on the subtler of things:

like this bi-colored Arum leaf given to me by
Ken Druse  that has taken 3 years to produce ...
and so I really appreciate it


and this funny little thing – that little red knot is all it actually does...for the longest time I thought it was the plant called Paris, so I was enchanted...
but now i've found  it is actually
Hydrastis canadense

still cute, though

and the painted ferns that are  literally  the abiding thread of this garden

some are whiter ('Ghost'), some are redder
They're all beautiful
 know i like them so much because they shower me with blessings:
 this profusion around my work corner
(heavily shaded under Lys’ grape arbor)
have appeared by magic.
  I have never planted even one of them.

You can never have enough




So put a little burlap scarf around your favorite prone-to-tenderness plants...I find it makes an amazing difference

this is just the first layer

Will it be a freezing winter again?  Who knows...

ORDER  BULBS right away if you haven't
...the crickets have not stopped chirping, but I have started planting anyway

The very best bulbs do come from
Brent and Becky,
but many have sold out already, so I would get right on your computer while some  beauties are still in stock.

And I don’t only herald them because they have the best bulbs, but they are very generous to boot with both
St. Luke’s Church and with LongHouse.

So – hurry up and order

I hope you didn’t miss Susan Wood's
intimate and beautiful images of John and Yoko
as exhibited on the walls of the centuries-old main barn at Mulford Farm in East Hampton.
The pairing of place and people is really tender.

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LongHouse is still open on Saturday afternoon until the Saturday following Thanksgiving

and the dogs, after a few scares, are fine

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Flora with her favorite Do you Love Me monkey

Lys’ fig tree is bountiful in October!


Life is beautiful

All is well
and we are off to Paris......

Joyeux automne to all