Today’s photos come from Jane Donelon.
As I gaze at my snow-covered garden, I wonder what will make it through this winter. The constantly changing conditions of nature alter my garden every year. I think fondly of the many plants that I have loved and lost since I’ve been gardening here in Maine for over 40 years. Here are a few of my favorites from my loved and lost list, all unforgettable treasures that I feel fortunate to have enjoyed, at least for a time.
One of my first clematis, Clematis alpina ‘Helsingborg’ (Zones 3–9), draped over an old honeysuckle above the wildflower path and creating a special delight each spring for many years.
The loss of the stunning white wood poppy, Glaucidium palmate ‘Alba’ (Zones 5–7), was made a bit more bearable, as the lavender variety is still thriving.
While candelabra primula naturalize happily in my bog, the unusual and beautiful Primula vialii (Zones 5–8) has never made it through a winter anywhere in my garden.
I was fortunate to have had the thrill of seeing—and feeling—the fuzzy buds of my blue poppy, Meconopsis grandis (Zones 5–7), push through the earth for four or five years.
For a few years the rare and elegant red lily, Lilium grayi (Zones 5–8), graced my garden, until it suddenly disappeared.
The delicate, fringed Shortia galacifolia (Zones 5–7) warmed my heart for several seasons, and then it too was gone.
In early fall the lovely yellow bleeding heart vine, Dicentra scandens, would surprise me by dangling down from trees above the woodland path. Although it is listed as a Zone 7 plant, somehow it managed to survive in a protected spot in my Zone 5 garden for a number of years.
While I feel sad at each and every loss, as an older gardener with an overcrowded garden, I am also happy to have an open spot for some wonderful new treasure in my garden!
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