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Winter visit to Longwood Gardens

     Sunday: Got some clematis seed from the clematis outside the side door of the church.

     Monday, at Longwood Gardens: The "Orchid Extravaganza" recently started there.  The part of the conservatory especially dedicated to orchids is one of my favorite rooms there, and the wall of orchids in the Exhibition Hall is pretty spectacular -- all shades of dark pink.

     The camellias near the Children's Garden are blooming in reds, pinks, and whites.  Went through the Children's Garden -- there was some white jasmine blooming on the walls there.  The fountains are cute, with the efts and other creatures portrayed.  One of my favorite parts of it is the walkway lined with fragrant herbs and scented geraniums.  The herbs include rosemary and pineapple mint, and I believe one of the geraniums is an apple-scented one.

     The Garden Path just to the other side of the Children's Garden had a number of daffodils, mostly relatively tall miniatures -- perhaps long-stemmed would be a better way to describe them.  The flowers were small, but pretty.  I think one of the cultivars of daffodils there was 'Cheerfulness', which isn't a miniature, but is so nicely scented.

     Other plantings in the conservatory this time of year included beds of cyclamen in the East Conservatory, and patches of Asiatic lilies.  This isn't the first time in the past several months they've used cyclamen in the East Conservatory -- this time they're white varieties.  The lilies were a pale orange, which went well with the daffodils, especially picking up the color of the daffodils with orange cups.
  
     The witch hazels by the Terrace Restaurant were starting to bloom.  They seem to pretty much be yellows and oranges.  I went down the path towards the Peirce-du Pont house and down the path to the Visitor's Center that's nearer to the Open Air Theater to see if the witch hazels in those areas were blooming, but they're really not showing color yet, at least not from the pathways.  I remember one as being a fairly spectacular bright red -- will have to look at my (print) gardening journal from last year.  If I get to Longwood again in February, I'll check the huge witch hazel that's on the way to the Hillside Garden.  There was a bonsai witch hazel, a yellow, blooming in the bonsai hallway.  They're doing trials of sweet peas in the alcoves there again, and they were starting to bloom.

     The acacias were blooming in -- where else -- the Acacia Passageway.  I always try to figure out if the cinnamon acacias actually smell like cinnamon.  I think the scent that's sometimes quite noticeable in the passageway is from the southernwood in the Silver Garden next door.  It's quite a pleasant scent.  If it is from the southernwood, I'll really have to try growing some one of these years.

     The hibiscus by the roses were in full bloom.  So were the huge yellow blooms on the vines on the wall there.  I think that's called chalice vine.

     Seeing all the flowers there, and especially the scented herbs, started me thinking of what I'll grow in the spring.  Some pineapple sage -- I try to have that every year.  I'll try to get some scented geraniums if I make it to the Herb Sale this May.  I like to have a pot or two of rosemary around.  I have a pot of pineapple sage -- it made it through last winter, which was a fairly mild one.  We'll see about this year.  I had a rectanglar white pot that was filled with spearmint.  That should be hardy.  I have sage and golden oregano in the big chocolate-colored pot.  They should come through the winter all right.  The nasturtiums were a big success this past year -- I really have to do them again.  The sweet alyssum grew well, too.  I only got the one four o'clock plant -- I think that I either stratified them too much, or that the seeds were too old, or both.  I'll plant them without scraping the outside of the seeds so much next time I try them.

     As for the shrubs with scented flowers, I went for very hardy ones.  I'm looking forward to the mahonia blooming, as it had just finished its bloom when I got it in the spring.  Lilacs are good up through Zone 3, so I'm not worried about them.  The sweet shrub was spreading wildly into what used to be the rose garden, and is now pretty much the daylily garden, although the deer took nearly as much of a toll on the daylilies as they did on the tiger lilies.  I'll have to see what's left there.  I don't think there are any roses left at all.  The last one that was still coming up was 'Belle Isis'.  I'll have to see if there's anything left of that, and transplant it somewhere better -- perhaps to the north side of the house with the alba and damask roses.  We tried to move 'Dr. Huey' into the old rose garden, but we didn't plant it deep at all.  I'm sure that was the understock for another rose, so it's on its own roots -- we'll see if that comes back in the spring.  I know I had 'Kwanso', 'Hyperion' and 'Ice Carnival' daylilies in there at one time, as well as a couple of other cultivars I don't remember the names of.  The daffodils in there are good, although I kick myself for planting yellow daffodils right in front of the forsythia.  I'm not sure how I ended up with two rather different patches of what was supposed to be 'King Alfred' in both cases, but the ones by the old lilac are not the same as the ones in the old rose garden.   
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