Season 2019

2019 Season

It was another very long winter, and a very wet and late spring. Surprisingly, some well established conifers such as Pinus densiflora ‘Burk’s Red Variegated’ and ‘Golden Ghost’ etc. quit completely even though the winter was not particularly severe. Some mature maples also struggled to come back. I suspect it was the very wet winter starting from October through the winter months had something to do with it.
My collection of early spring essential Epimedium were starting to be noticed.

Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Saxtons Purple’ in May

Epimedium ‘Cherry Blossom’ in May

Fortunately, the eagerly anticipated spring colours of Picea pungens and glauca did not disappoint.
Picea pungens ‘Spring Ghost’ in June

Picea pungens ‘Rick’s White Tip’ in June

Abies concolor ‘Blue Cloak’ in June

The spring temperature was not too hot to make the maples skip their spring colours.
ACER palmatum ‘Purple Ghost’ in May

ACER palmatum ‘Peaches and Cream’ in May

ACER palmatum ‘Geisha’ in June

THALICTRUM thalictroides ‘Oscar Schoaf’ in May

Cypripedium ‘Gisela’ in June

Cypripedium kentuckiense in June

It was an abnormally wet spring, and surprisingly, the Clematis loved it. I suppose, the reality is everyone in this garden (gardener and plants) needs to be prepared to cope with strange weather pattern from now on.
Many Rhododendron seemed happy like the Clematis. All the Lavandula took a beating and some struggled to come back but bloom late in the season. All the roses were killed to their bases despite mulching with wood chips. The exception was ‘Eddie’s jewel’ as usual.

Season – June (A1,B3)

Path by Sanctuary 5 (Tai 苔) in June

Rhododendron in June

Rhododendron ‘Amy Cotta’ in May

Styrax japonicus in June
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ in May
Prunus ‘Marion Javie’ in May
Cornuskousa x nuttalii ‘Venus’ in June

Clematis ‘Romantika’ in July

Clematis ‘Emily Platers’ in July

Clematis ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ in July

Clematis ‘Pink Fantassy’ in July

Corydalis ‘Wildside Blue’ in June

Chiastophyllum oppositifolium in June

Spigelia marilandica in July

Dianthus chinensis ‘Velvet Lace’ in August

Gentiana paradoxa in August

The ‘Burning River’ and Icy River’ continued to evolve but not getting anywhere.

p8 in August

p6 in June

Season – June (A1,B3)
Season – August (L1)

Season – August (L1)

My favourite dwarf conifer is surviving so far.
ABIES koreana ‘Kohouts Icebreaker’ in August

The lotus highlighted the August blooms; so pure and cool. Lobelia ‘Crown Royal’ provided another season of exciting display.

Nelumbo nucifera speciosum ‘Sacred Pink’ in August

p4 in September

It was a very disappointing fall with winter arriving extra early. Most maple failed to give us a show.

Another season gone

Season – Sep (K4)

Season – Nov (E1)

Season – Nov (B2)