Monday, May 15, 2023

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up May: Long Island Garden in Springtime!

Welcome to my Garden!
It's the month of May, a time in the garden when more blooms are appearing everyday. With temperatures now moderating into the 70's and low 80's and with some nighttime rains, the garden is coming alive with color. Join me for a stroll in my zone 7a Long Island garden!
Allium 'Globemaster' Making its Appearance!
The first stop along the way is the pool garden, where Allium 'Globemaster' is blooming among the foliage of Daylily 'Stella D Oro', which will bloom in June. A mature weeping Norway Spruce is in the backdrop.
Allium 'Globemaster'
The blooms of this Allium are magnificent and will reach up to four to five inches in diameter when fully open.
Pulmonaria and Heuchera 'Caramel'
In the back shade area, Pulmonaria has been blooming for months and is now joined by the newly formed vibrant foliage of Heuchera 'Caramel'.
Here are the Pulmonaria blooms up close.
Perennial Border
The Perennial Border also comes alive this time of year with blooms of Salvia, accompanied by Lamb's Ear, Astilbe, Coneflower and Echibeckia blooms to follow as the season progresses. 
Salvia 'May Night'
The blooms of Salvia 'May Night' are a vibrant deep purple in springtime.
Weeping Norway Spruce, Spirea 'Limemound' and Allium 'Globemaster'
Circling back around to the pool garden is the bright lime colored foliage of Spirea 'Limemound' against the darker green foliage of Weeping Norway Spruce, with Allium 'Globemaster to the left.
Weigela 'My Monet'
The pink blooms of Weigela 'My Monet' are abundant this time of year.
Weeping Norway Spruce, Nandina 'Obsession' and Ajuga
Along the patio garden is a younger Weeping Norway Spruce with the colorful foliage of Nandina 'Obsession' and blooms of Ajuga 'Black Scallop'.
Ajuga 'Black Scallop'
Here is a closer view of the purple blooms of the Ajuga.
Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' (Cherry Laurel )
In the shade garden, Cherry Laurel 'Otto Luyken' is having a banner year as far as blooms!
A Little Garden Whimsy
Along the stroll is a little garden whimsy tucked in among the shrubs and blooms.
Peony 'Bartzella' Buds!
Peony 'Bartzella' is full of buds and ready to bloom within the next two weeks. This hybrid Peony stands upright and produces bright yellow blooms at the end of May.
Peony 'Bartzella' Getting Ready to Bloom!
Strolling around to the back of the pool area is another semi-shade garden with blooms of Azalea, along with Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra). 
Azalea 'Girards Fuschia' and Japanese Forest Grass
The Japanese Forest Grass does well nestled under the partial shade of the Azalea.
Azalea Girard's Rose
In the same garden are a variety of  evergreen Azalea, including this Girard's Rose.
'Summer Snowflake' Viburnum
Here is Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' with the first of its white blooms, which resemble snowflakes. This variety of Viburnum produces blooms on and off throughout summer and into fall.
Hosta 'Patriot'
Foliage is important too! Here is the attractive green and creamy-white foliage of Hosta 'Patriot'...
Driveway Border
and in the driveway border is the golden foliage of Skyland's Oriental Spruce and Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni', along with Mugo Pine, Weigela Spilled Wine (getting ready to bloom) and the bluish-purple blooms of  Nepeta 'Walker's Low'.
Picea orientalis Skyland's ('Skyland's' Oriental Spruce)
The Skyland's Spruce is loaded with baby seed cones this time of year.
Leucothoe 'Axillaris'
There is new foliage and blooms everywhere, including the new red foliage and white bell-shaped blooms on Leucothoe 'Axillaris'.
Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' (False Indigo)
Along the patio garden are the blooms of Baptisia Lemon Meringue, otherwise known as False Indigo...
Japanese Iris
and the Japanese Iris are blooming too!
Driveway Border
As we venture along to the left driveway border, Weeping Norway Spruce is accompanied by Heuchera 'Palace Purple', Spirea 'Magic Carpet', Blue Star Juniper and Variegated Iris.
Driveway Border
The foliage of Spirea 'Magic Carpet' is striking, especially in springtime, with pink blooms to follow.
Thanks for Visiting!
I hope you enjoyed the stroll through my May garden. I appreciate you being here, look forward to your comments and enjoy seeing what you have blooming where you live! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who had hosted Foliage Follow-Up, a meme I will continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosFriday Bliss at Floral Passions, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden. Wishing all a wonderful spring with gardens that thrive!

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2010-2023. All rights reserved. 

Monday, May 1, 2023

Springtime at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Bayard Cutting Arboretum-Welcome Spring!
Welcome to This Month in the Garden as we tour the beautiful 691 acre Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park, located in the town of Great River on the south shore of Long Island. It is the home to numerous collections of plants, including the Woodland Garden Walk, the Four Season Garden, Old Pinetum and Pinetum Extension, Oak Park and Holly Walk, Westbrook Wall Garden, Royce Rhododendron Walk, Paradise Island Walk and the well-known Dwarf Conifer Garden. There is always something new to see at the arboretum, as new plantings are added yearly. I have been wanting to visit Bayard during springtime for the longest time and finally made it!
Bayard Cutting Manor House
Entering the arboretum, is this beautiful 68 room mansion that was built for William Bayard Cutting in 1886 as a country home. Touring around the back of the Manor House are views of  the Great Lawn, where fields of Daffodils can be admired in springtime. 
Looking out onto The Great Lawn
Strolling along during the month of April, remains of snowdrops, one of the earliest blooming perennials, can also be seen growing in the woodland areas.
View of the Great Lawn from Mansion
A variety of mature trees, including Oak, Maple and Elm, mixed in with Pine, Spruce and other evergreens can be viewed from across the vast Great Lawn...
Beautiful Paths
while winding paths can be followed to view stone walls and sitting areas.
Weeping Red Japanese Maple
With the arrival of spring, deciduous trees, such as this Weeping Japanese Maple, are now vibrant with their new colorful foliage.
Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla' in the Royce Garden
In the Royce Garden are the vibrant blooms of the Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla' along with other varieties of rhododendron, azaleas, dogwoods, Andromeda, groundcovers and other woodland plantings.
Spring Flowering Trees in the New Pinetum
A variety of spring blooming trees including Flowering Crabapple, Cherry and Redbud can be seen bursting with color throughout the grounds.
Spring Views of The New Pinetum
The New Pinetum offers a vast variety of both evergreen and flowering trees including Persian Ironwood, Fragrant Snowbell, Golden Dawn Redwood and rare collections of pine, fir and spruce and cedar.
The Four Season Garden
A favorite of mine is the Four Season Garden Walk, which lives up to its name, with something to offer in every season. Designed in 2011, this mixed border offers an assortment of mature conifers, flowering trees and shrubs and perennials. 
The Four Season Garden
Candytuft (Iberia sempervirens)
The Iberia (Candytuft) along the walkway especially stands out this time of year.
Fragrant Viburnum 'Carlesii'
For some lovely fragrance, Viburnum carlesii cannot be beat!
Eastern Redbud in the Woodland Garden
Eastern Redbud and Fothergilla (Bottlebrush) blooms are also a delight in springtime. Eastern Redbud is a northeastern native, whole Fothergilla is native to the southeast. Each are widely used in native gardens.
Fothergilla (Fothergilla x intermedia 'Mount Airy')
Dwarf Conifer Garden
A well known garden to the arboretum is the Dwarf Conifer Garden. It was donated by the Rezek family in 2018 in honor of Long Islander and horticultural pioneer Ed Rezek. The collection consists mainly of unusual dwarf conifers along with Japanese Maple and flowering shrubs and perennials such as Heather, Japanese Forest Grass and Sedum. Some of the selections in the garden include Dwarf Norway spruce, Dwarf Blue Spruce, Dwarf Cryptomeria, Golden Hinoki Cypress, Hinoki Cypress 'Compacta', Juniperus 'Gold Strike', Mugo Pine and Japanese Garden Juniper.
Dwarf Conifer Garden
Dwarf Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’)
Another lovely sight are the bell-shaped white blooms of Dwarf Japanese Andromeda 'Cavatine' and the glorious blooms of  Yellow Magnolia.
Yellow Flowering Magnolia 'Judy Zuk' in the Pinetum Extension
Magnolia 'Judy Zuk' Spring Blooms
Westbrook Walled Garden
Last but not least is the lovely Westbrook Walled Garden planted in 2014, and this statue which was dedicated to the trustee and lifetime friend of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Charles D. Webster. It is a comfortable place to sit and relax after walking the gardens.
Tulips in the Westbrook Walled Garden
Here you can wind up the day by viewing more tulips, Japanese Forest Grass, Hosta, Coral Bells, Dwarf Conifers and various flowering shrubs, all which are a delight to the senses!
More Views of the Westbrook Walled Garden
I hope you enjoyed our spring stroll around the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park. Thank for for stopping by for This Month in the Garden and do be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures!

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2010-2023. All rights reserved.