May 13th- expecting rain- but oh! what a week we’ve had!

May 13, 2011

It’s been a gorgeous week in Vermont- a FULL WEEK without rain and plenty of sun.  It has brought out so much growth and made us all very happy!  One of our customers works for Ben and Jerry’s; she brought us some ice cream and we had a nice break in the afternoon on Thursday.

Ice cream break!

Here are some photos of the garden taken today, along with some close-ups of what’s blooming now.

Narcissus and Mertensia with Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Cama’
Tulip ‘Ballerina’
Honeylocust View
Tulip ‘American Dream’ w/ Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’
View towards greenhouse
Merrill Magnolia and Narcissus
Rhododendron ‘April Mist’
Rhododendron ‘Aglo’

Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ bud on Main Street in Bristol.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ flower on Main St in Bristol.

The last Narcissus



Pieris japonica
Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
Epimedium rubrum

2 Responses to “May 13th- expecting rain- but oh! what a week we’ve had!”

  1. Larry Says:

    I am surprised to see Daybreak growing in Vermont as there have been some hardiness issues over the years here in Wisconsin and we are somewhat milder than you. It has taken very careful placement for success. It is a wonderful bloom that as you know blossoms at the same time as Elizabeth. Mine grow beside each other and are amazing together! The other thing that really surprises me is to see blooms open already on these two marvelous varieties in Vermont. My butterflies are just opened and and it will be a few days before we will the later blooming plants. It has been a few years since I’ve had an opportunity to visit your gardens and I’ve missed seeing them! Larry

    • rockydale Says:

      The ‘Daybreak’ was shipped to us by accident a few years ago. Some brave folks decided to try them out. This specimen is on the corner of East Street and Mountain Street in Bristol Village and has been in the ground only a few years. I saw a couple of blooms on it last year, but this year it’s covered. Now I want to put one in the garden at Rocky Dale and we’ve sold them all! We’ll get them again- the bloom is worth the trial.

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