Opening the Season
|early March emergence|
By the first of April, it was standing with bells of color dancing in the wind.
|Hepatica transsilvanica x|
In the meantime, a very successful meeting of the Berkshire Chapter NARGS ensued. The morning program with speaker Matt Mattus http://www.growingwithplants.com/ provided inspiration to grow plants from and/or travel to the Alps. Even though he claims, he is not a photographer, his photos are precise, true to life, and very professional. It did not hurt that many of the photos were of our favorite families - primulaceae and saxifragaceae. He and his partner Joe traveled there several times and managed to really capture the essence of the place and its flora.
Another meeting benefit was the announcement by one of our members of an open garden to see a collection of galanthus. To inspire us, she also dug a few for our plant auction. Need I say, it was a very successful donation on her part. And since I was traveling through her town the following week, I made arrangements to stop and see the collection. Originally a specialist compiled it in the UK, and was supposedly the best outside Kew. Then, when a new life was begun by him in the US, there was no place for the plants. The collector had to live in an apartment. So he stopped by the CT home of our member and left her a few presents. She has been moving them to her new homes along with other "essentials". What gardener could resist leaving these beauties behind if there was to be any kind of plot in which to park them!
|Galanthus 'Lady Elphinstone'|
|A different mustache?|