One of the treasures of the Spring garden is the Erythronium Pagoda.
Erythronium Pagoda an extremely striking Spring flowering plant.
Erythronium Pagoda started flowering in the garden at the very beginning of April and was still hanging on to a number of blooms on the 22nd of May. Pagoda is a hybrid of the north American native species.
Plant this one in your garden and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. In our garden we have it in several areas. In the main part of the back garden it completely surrounds the trunk of a Rowan tree where it is extremely effective. More recently we have found a couple of positions in the round garden for it, however where Pagoda is most effective is in the woodland, where I find myself checking it out every day.
Do look out for Pagoda, its a very hardy and vigorous specimen with sulphur yellow lily like flowers and bronze mottled glossy deep green leaves. The picture above is the one which I have been most pleased of all with since using my new camera.
Erythroniums in the UK are commonly known as the dog tooth violets so called because of the shape of the bulbs/corms. The flowering habit is extremely graceful with blooms resembling small Turkscap Lilies held elegantly on fine yet sturdy stems.
The leaves of Erythronium die back completely in Summer, leaving the opportunity to place a container grown plant for the rest of the Summer period.
Hardiness – Fully hardy to minus 15 degrees
Height – 8/12 inches – 20/30 cm
Position – Plant bulbs 4 inches deep in fertile humus rich well drained soil that does not dry out in dappled or partial shade.
Flowering – Early/mid Spring, Does particularly well under a deciduous tree.
Another Erythronium in the woodland (Lilac Wonder)
The flower colour and the foliage is fine. This is only the second season Lilac Wonder has been in the woodland, however the blooms have not been as sturdy as Pagoda. For instance, the heavens can open, and Pagoda will remain totally unaffected whereas the one above will be splayed out on the ground.
Erythronium White Beauty
White beauty I don’t have at the moment, I will be on the lookout for it though. The one above I photographed whilst on a visit to Crathes Castle Gardens.
Messing about on the computer I came across this website that allowed you to do something a little different with your photographs, Fotofuse wait a minute, now that I think about it that’s not quite the way it happened. In actual fact it was our daughter Lana who introduced me to this photo editing site. She makes individual pieces of very special jewellery using flowers, some of which are from her own garden and also from ours. Before taking a look at what I did with some of my pictures, do check out what Lana does I think you will be very impressed
The pictures below show what can be done with the editing site. I am not so sure if it is of much use for those of us who have gardening blogs, but nevertheless interesting.
And finally may I show you a few pictures of the back garden taken indoors looking through the kitchen window. The whole of April and the first three weeks of May were cold, grey and miserable with the temperature very seldom going above 10c/49f even when the sun shone. May the 12th was one such day. Looking out the window my spirits were lifted by the sight which confirmed that the garden wasn’t complaining. I decided to take a few pictures from this spot, would they be any good on such a very grey day, well anyway take a look and see what you think.
On May 22nd Summer temperatures of 21c/70f finally arrived after this long cold spell.
Find your wishes on the wind With a little help from Lana
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