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


Narcissus

Narcissus


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


Merrill Magnolia and Narcissus

Merrill Magnolia

Early spring at Rocky Dale Gardens brings on hundreds of daffodil blooms and a gorgeous show from the Merrill Magnolias.  By all rights, they should be done by this time, but they are still lingering with the cold weather.  I can see we’re about to turn the corner and enter a new phase of spring where the yellow magnolias start to bloom along with serviceberries, redbuds and all sorts of small-leaved rhododendrons.  It’s amazing to me-every year, how fast it comes (and goes-sigh).  Our primroses and pulmonarias are putting on a nice show and the epimediums have just started to bloom.  Double bloodroot is blooming off the parking lot, trilliums are popping open, and tulips are standing back-up behind the narcissus.  I’ve only been able to note a few of the plants blooming right now.  In the next few days, I’ll catalog a number more.  Blink and you’ll miss it. It should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy natures bounty!

Abeliophyllum

Cornus mas

Prunus sargentii

Rhododendron dauricum Madison Snow

Rhododendron 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Pulmonaria rubra

Glaucidium palmatum

Mertensia virginica- Virginia Bluebells

Forget-me-not

Narcissus at Front Entry

Double Bloodroot

Primula vulgaris 'Sulphur Hose in Hose

Epimedium rubrum

Some of our bulbs arrived today and the bulk of them will be here by the end of the week. Most of the bulbs we’re carrying have been grown in our garden; since we liked them so much, we’re offering them for sale.  And then a few are new for us-  we were intrigued, and hope you are too!

Here’s a list of what we’re carrying this year with some of our own photos and  some taken from that great library called “the internet”.  If you scroll over the image and leave your curser there for a second, it will reveal the name of the bulb depicted in the photo.  Enjoy the show and see you soon!

  • Allium ‘Christophii’
  • Allium ‘Gladiator’
  • Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

Allium aflatuense 'Purple Sensation'

  • Chionodoxa Lucilliae

Chionodoxa labitica

  • Crocus Chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty’
  • Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’
  • Crocus sieberi ‘Tricolor’

Crocus sieberi 'Tricolor"

Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'

  • Eremurus himalaicus
  • Eremurus ruiter ‘Cleopatra’
  • Fritillaria persica

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  • Iris danfordiae
  • Iris histrioides ‘Katherine Hodgkin’
  • Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

iris histrioides 'Katherine Hodges'

Iris reticulata

  • Muscari ‘Valleri Finnis’
  • Muscari ‘Dark Eyes’

Muscari armeniacum

  • Narcissus ‘Fortissimo’

Narcissus 'Fortissimo'

  • Narcissus ‘Hillstar’

Narcissus 'Hillstar'

  • Narcissus ‘Katie Heath’

Narcissus 'Katie Heath'

  • Narcissus ‘Professor Einstein’
  • Narcissus ‘Palmares’
  • Narcissus ‘Altruist’
  • Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’

  • Narcissus ‘Thalia’

Narcissus Thalia

  • Narcissus ‘Accent’
  • Narcissus ‘Sailboat’

Narcissus 'Sailboat'

  • Narcissus ‘Pistachio’

  • Scilla siberica

Scilla sibirica

  • Tulip ‘American Dream’
  • Tulip ‘Daydream’
  • Tulip ‘Ivory Floradale’
  • Tulip ‘Kingsblood’
  • Tulip ‘KungFu’

  • Tulip ‘New Design’
  • Tulip ‘Passionale’
  • Tulip ‘Princess Irene’
  • Tulip pulchella violacea
  • Tulip saxitallis

Tulipa pulchella 'Violacea'Tulipa 'Princess Irene'

  • Tulip ‘World Expression’
  • Tulip ‘Antoinette’
  • Tulip ‘Ballerina’
  • Tulip clusiana ‘Cynthia’
  • Tulip ‘Early Harvest’
  • Tulip ‘Apricot Impression’

Tulips 'Ballerina'  (the orange ones)Tulipa kauffmanii 'Early Harvest'Tulipa kauffmanii 'Early Harvest'

what’s blooming…

April 27, 2009

Things are really starting to open up!  The double Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’) off the parking area is in full bloom.  The White Forsythia, (Abeliophylllum distichum), is beautiful right now- a fragrance that fills the entire entry here at Rocky Dale.  And- Narcissus- so many varieties- just peaking now.  The Merrill Magnolias are just reaching “stunning”.

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