Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Jim Mck's garden

An enormous cephalataxus overwhelms you at the front door (ajar for covid reasons.) 

Last place Jim sat in his garden 

May pops (fruit of passiflora above)  Vine has taken over magnolia.   
There are 3 nice magnolia stellata out front on his hell strip between  street and sidewalk .

Climbing hydrangea and tree I can't id. 

Looking at back of house

Collapsing arbor.  

Nice view into Rock Creek Park at the back edge of property

His sister said Jim had a big oak taken down but for some reason decided to keep the wood!!  It's now pretty decomposed.  

There's a pond in front of the cinder blocks, frozen over in this image.  

Brotzman order from last year.  I can see labels for  Cornus officianalis Kintoki and Hamamelis 'Sandra' 

Jim's brother-in-law helping to load Jim D's car with plants from house.  


Below is  a post from Jim's blog about his pergola, which he said only gravity was holding together.  There's a pic in earlier days.  Apparently roses grew on it.  


Saturday, January 2, 2021

New Years Day in Bloom: Renewing A PVC Tradition

Since Bob Faden suggested we renew the tradition of reporting what is in bloom on New Year's Day, I am beginning with him.  

Plants flowering in Faden gardens (home garden + YMCA + Simpson Park) Alexndria, VA, on 1st January 2021.

Camellia japonica ‘Spring Promise’

Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’

Camellia “Winter’s Beauty’ [cultivar questionable, but plant received under this name]

Camellia ‘Winter’s Star’

Erica x darleyensis ‘Furzey

Erica x darleyensis “Mediterranean Pink’

Fatsia japonica*

Galanthus elwesii var. monostichtus

Galanthus elwesii var. elwesii

Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’

Helleborus hybrid [large purple buds and flowers: label lost]*

Jasminum nudiflorum

Mahonia bealei

Mahonia japonica

Mahonia x media ‘Marvel’

Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’

Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’

Sarcococca orientalis


*First time on list.


Camellia 'Winter's Beauty'


Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'

Unnamed Hellebore

Fatsia japonica

N. 'Rijnveld's Sensation'

Mahonia x 'Winter's Sun'

From Mike Cassidy's garden, also in Alexandria, VA:

Fatsia japonica

Snowdrops and Palm (Sabal minor?) 

From Jane Collins' garden in Arlington, VA: 

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Dryopteris sieboldii

From Nancy Blois' garden at the north edge of Baltimore city, MD:


Lonicera 'Major Wheeler'

L. 'Major Wheeler'

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' 

From Michael Young's Washington, DC, crevice garden:

Titanopsis calcerea about to pop

From Jim Hughes garden in University Park, MD:

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' 





Mahonia 'Winters Sun'

Mammalaria plumosa

Skimmia japonica

Galanthus and H. x ericsmithii are blooming in Dick Hammerschlag's Highland, MD, garden as well as the Hellebore below.   

Helloborus niger 'HGC Jacob' 

From the garden of John Willis in Frederick, MD: 

Camellia sasanqua

Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'

Galanthus elwesii 

Haemanthus deformis

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' 

Aubretia 'Blue Beauty'

Blooming in Judy Zatsick's Fairfax Station, VA, garden: 

Phlomis russeliana about to pop 
Danae racemosa

Matrix True Blue Pansy

Amaryllis 'Belladonna' 

Helleborus ' Pink Frost' 


And, from my garden in Arlington, VA: 

Cryptomeria japonica 'Tansu' 

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Gold Finch' 

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' with Rohdea japonica

Fatsia japonica 

Coniogramme intermedia 'Yoroi Musha'
(naturally mutating fern; no two fronds are alike) 

Thanks to all who participated.  Happy New Year!