Trillium and other wildflower forms

Yesterday, the Monterey (MA) Artists & Artisans held their Open Studio Tour. Rosie and I went to see the floral art of Pam Johnson at the meeting house. Pam has quilted for many years now. I had seen some of her work over the years, but never a show. It was well worth the trek.

She captures so many of my favorite wildflowers - trilliums, hepaticas, cypripediums. What I like most about her work is the creative use of materials like netting as well as her French knots. Check out her work at

Hepatica x transsilvanica

As a fellow rock gardener, I also wanted to share with her a pot of Hepatica x transsilvanica. Hard-to-believe shirtsleeve weather the weekend before allowed me to dig and divide it as well as a patch of double Trillium grandiflorum. Dividing was simple as they each pull apart easily. Then I potted each up in a loose mixture of composted leaf mold. After watering in, they were moved to the cold frame for the winter. Next year, they will go to the Berkshire Chapter NARGS seedling sales. Sales such as this are the reason there will always be society meetings. This is a way everyone can have access to amazing genera at reasonable costs. For BNARGS meeting details go to:


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