There were so many fascinating plants in John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli's garden and here are a few of them! The above specimen is Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink' poking through the juniper. This was one of the four plants I brought home from Opus Nursery.
Podophyllum peltatum 'Spotty Dotty'
A very close cousin to our native Mayapple, this particular plant was discussed during the talk as a fabulous textural plant, and while this is clearly true, the bloom also happens to be spectacular!! See below photograph.
This plant made everyone stop in their tracks and Fergus Garrett was particularly taken with it. It was assumed to be the native Thalictrum diocum, but was considered to be a rather tall and more robust specimen. However, I was randomly reading Piet Oudolf's book, Designing with Plants, last night and stumbled across a description and photograph of Thalictrum aqualegifolium var alblum that describes a rather tall, early flowering Thalictrum that resembles the one pictured above. Oh the mysteries continue! Whoever it is, this Thalictrum was so elegant poking through the leaves of the rhododendron and its sweet fragrance was heavenly.
Clematis 'Betty Corning'
Anchusa azurea 'Alkanet'
Seen flowing in the Blue Garden.
As we were leaving, we spotted the blossom of the famous Tulip Poplar (Liriodendreon tulipifera) and it was unusually at eye level!