My husband and I went away for the weekend. After four straight days of warm temperatures and sun, I returned to a garden completely transformed. I was floored. My tulips had exploded, my currant plant sprouted flowers (within those four days!!!) which will soon develop into beautiful transparent berries, the Japanese maple leaves unfurled to fill the void between branches, and four asparagus spears appeared out of nowhere. I feel if I would have been here to witness this garden transformation I would have seen the blooms and foliage pop and unfold with my very eyes.
Another garden that has "floored me" recently is the Huntington Library gardens in Pasadena. I was visiting my mom in LA a few weeks ago and we had the pleasure of exploring these vast gardens together.
Los Angeles is a few months ahead of us in Seattle with what's blooming. Many of the roses were already full of flowers, including my current flower crush, Distant Drums. I covet this rose. My two bare roots of this variety arrived about three weeks ago and they are still merely thorny sticks with only the hint of leaf buds forming here and there.
As a floral designer I am really attracted to roses that are single or double petal and show off their beautiful stamen. These rose varieties give more of a wild garden look. The roses grown for the flower industry don't always open completely and can look stiff and rigid. So after my trip to Huntington I was on the hunt for some to add to my garden. With a bit of digging I have realized a few things. One, the roses I'm looking for are called hybrid musk, noisettes, and polyanthas. Good to know. And two, many nurseries don't carry these English cottage, old fashion roses so you have to order them online.
I found a great resource online called Roses Unlimited. It is a VERY old school site. No shopping cart, purchase immediately option. I am paying by check and my plants will ship May 16.
I was really inspired by the gardens at Huntington Library. I wish I lived close enough to visit it often. It is a very special place dedicated to inspiring you with beauty.