Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jarvis House Azaleas

A double white Azalea way out back.
Although it's been a cold start to Spring, the Azaleas at the Jarvis House are really putting on quite a show. Above is a beautiful light purple lavender cascading plant. Its blossoms fade towards the centers of each floret, approaching two colors, and has a opalescent quality.This Azalea has truly bi-color flowers, white with red edging. This Azalea is named Betty Ann, and was sold to me by a grower about 35 years ago.Hear are two similar orange-red Azalea plants. The one in front is a small spreading plant while the one on top is a tree shaped Azalea. A white bleeding heart compliments that strong color.A few years ago, the lot line garden was altered and this plant was moved to its present location. It turned out to be two separate plants, and each has a queer attribute. Some flowers are white, some are white with fuchsia streaks, and some have fuchsia and white coloring on a single bloom. They love their new location. They are tree like in growth.Another orange blossoms near the small barn and has a spreading nature.This fuchsia Azalea has very small florets, and has a touch of iredescent deep purple inside. These blossoms are the smallest in the garden, but the shrub is nice and loose and seems to grow well under the Cypress tree. It took a few seasons to recover from the move there.This deep purple Azalea has very long and leggy branches. It is the most graceful plant and there is another in a side garden. This plant has a completely different growth pattern and compliments the more dense flowering Azaleas. It looks well in a more casual garden, as it allows other plants to grow around it.Somehow this Azalea can grow lin very deep shade and still produce beautiful blossoms. It is partnered with a very tall fern.This is what my friend Elizabeth would call a "Garden City Color." It is a very hot orange and it is partnered with a small blossomed white. Nothing else could compete with this plant for attention.This is a wild Azalea or species plant. It is a very delicate pink with very long filaments and stamens. It has a loose growth and can be very tall in the shade. It grows near a blue spruce and holly.This tall tree like Azalea fooled me. I planted it near the lamp post thinking that it wouldn't grow too tall, but it has such a wonderful shape I decided to leave it alone.Another "Garden City" Azalea, but what can you do. It is a stand out in the garden and in the shade. Most of these plants have been moved several times and they just keep growing. The best way to see the colors and individual plants it to visit in May.


Elizabeth said...

This is so spectacular.
what a time of year in your garden.
love the green back ground too!
Thanks for the bloodroot information.

Sinclair said...

Absolutely gorgeous! My humble gardens would be quaking to sit next to yours.