Saturday, May 5, 2012


Having just torn open a packed-to-last-forever box fromForestFarm, that grand Oregon nursery that has everything,
I am reminded again of my abiding Euphorbia ecstasy.
Among the most advantageous of the useful plants – and by
useful I mean the ones that really give you year-round pleasure
and punch – it is no wonder I ordered 4 new kinds.  Well, one of
them isn’t new, this will be my 4th or 5th attempt at Tasmanian Tiger,
but I am heartened enough to try again because one of three last
year that had come from the wonderful North Fork grower, 
Glover Perennials, survived our climate-changed winter in
full sun and now I can say with assurance that this is a plant that is fabulous 12 months a year.


Things that had never bloomed, non-growers that I had given
up for lost/never found or just plain disappointing
appeared before my very eyes like a wonder.

An Arisaema sikokianum…you know, the one everyone adores,
was lovingly planted two or three years ago...
and nothing
Miracle Day.

A vining Fritillaria planted in 2009! That had never shown its face
before suddenly was there climbing up the fastigiate yew – just as
I had pictured it...all those years ago.

 Fritillaria verticillata – the only vining spring bulb,
or one of the very few.
And a tricolor quince, or Chaenamoles, sporting several little
bouquets of flowers on its limbs that are indeed three colors,
never before seen,
but I have faith in 
even though this took 6 years to bloom!

And Never Give Up!  That is how I see it…

E.V. Day, an artist that I first came upon at Edsel Williams' always-interesting Fireplace Project Gallery when
she was in her wrapping- Barbie-like-a-mummy phase.

She has done many great things since,
recently showing her work at the 
James Salomon Gallery in Chelsea and has now leapt
into a new –and sacred – arena with a body of work created at
the God-head garden at Giverny.  Monet’s idyllic springboard has
been transported to 
The Hole Gallery on the Bowery where E.V. has
collaborated with Kembra Pfahler.

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