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Much to our surprise, winter decided to make one last surprise visit to Juniper Level, so our garden and research staff are scrambling to cover plants who thought it was safe to come out of the ground. Current local forecasts are calling for 32F, so that means hostas, calanthe and bletilla orchids, and podophyllums get covered. If the predicted low drops further, arisaemas and epimediums get covered next. A good quality spundbound polyester cover can give up to 5 degrees of protection to the plants underneath. Fingers crossed…except for one, which I feel like stretching out and upward, but that probably wouldn’t really help.
It’s a regular swarm of activity in the gardens at Juniper Level Botanic Garden today on so many levels. First, this gaggle of honeybees decided to vacate their dwelling is search of better digs. Right now, they’re gathered on an alder, waiting on a community organizer to arrive and direct them further.
Another great spring perennial is this variegated form of the native woodland Jacob’s Ladder, Polemonium ‘Touch of Class’. Average to moist woodland soils are perfect for this easy-to-grow shade perennial.
Here’s Paeonia japonica in flower in the garden yesterday. Unlike most peonies, Paeonia japonica will not tolerate full sun, instead preferring to grow in the woodland garden with hostas.
Ipheion uniflorum ‘Greystone’ is looking simply superb in our garden now…an introduction from North Carolina’s own Norman Beal. This is the most floriferous white-flowered starflower we grow. Part sun is ideal.
Outside of plant collector circles, few gardeners know of twinleaf…especially the rarer Asian cousin of a plant named after Thomas Jefferson, Jeffersonia dubia. When we wanted to try it years ago, we were told emphatically that it would not grow in the hot, humid south. Well…another gardening myth busted since here is our several year old clump in flower today in the garden.