Six on Saturday #13: Montrose Garden

Montrose Garden is a beautiful private garden, the life’s work of Nancy Goodwin, in Hillsborough North Carolina (see also this old New York Times story).  Once or twice a year, Nancy opens the garden and has a plant sale.  The open house was today, so the kids and I were there just after the gate opened at 10:00.

Our first stop was, of course, the sales area.  The children helped to pick out plants, and we came away with Calanthe discolor, Kniphophia ‘Lola’, Orostachys erubescens, Orostachys japonica, and a couple of white-flowered Cyclamen hederifolium. Then, we went to see the gardens.

Last year at the open house, the flowerbeds were filled with colchicum flowers.  We didn’t see many today, and I wonder if the lack of rain over the past six weeks has delayed their flowering.  The soil seemed very hard and dry in the flowerbeds, but there was still plenty of color from drought tolerant plants.

1. In the Metasequoia Garden

Metasequoia garden

During the 1980s, Nancy Goodwin ran a mail-order nursery out of Montrose.  The Montrose Nursery was known for its garden propagated hardy cyclamens at a time when many nurseries were still selling wild-collected tubers, and Nancy has planted huge drifts of Cyclamen hederifolium and other species on the wooded slopes leading down to the Eno River.  Sadly, the woods were closed today, but there were still plenty of cyclamens to be seen elsewhere in the garden.  Here, they are flowering with Sterbergia lutea (autumn daffodil) under two large Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwoods).

2. Looking towards the lath house

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On the right, Eldest Offspring is trying to photograph a monarch butterfly.

3.  Monarch butterfly on red Dahlia (photo by Eldest Offspring)

monarch

4.  Incarvillea arguta (Himalayan gloxinia)

Incarvillea

5.  Cuphea llavea (Bat-faced cuphea)

cuphea

I suspect this one is moved into the greenhouse in cold weather.  I don’t think it would survive our winter in the ground.

6. Magnolia macrophylla (big leaf magnolia)

Magnolia

With its perfectly domed shape, this is one of the best M. macrophylla I have ever seen

While I go outside and try to decide where this morning’s purchases should be planted (and whether I’ll need a pickaxe to get through the desiccated clay), why don’t you visit some other garden blogs participating in “Six on Saturday.”  Check out The Propagator for his six and for links to other blogs.

(Hoping for rain this week)

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12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday #13: Montrose Garden

  1. Sounds like an enjoyable visit, you’re lucky to have Montrose within a reasonable driving distance, I’d love to visit in the winter and see the snowdrops but I think that would officially label me as crazy.
    Good job on the part of the offspring. I’ve tried to distract mine with the phone camera but they insist on using the big camera and I’m on edge just waiting for it to be dropped!
    Love the sunflowers and magnolia. I have two seedlings coming along and they’ll be luck to see another year, let alone grow into such a solid tree.

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  2. I think my cyclamen are hidden under a rampant Epimedium which I’ve been meaning to cut back for about four years. Eldest has managed a wonderful photo of that butterfly (took me a while to find him through the camouflage as I muttered to myself that that blonde was central, not right).

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    1. Seems to be a common problem with cyclamens, judging by comments above. To avoid losing mine, I have planted them in a spot so shaded and dry that nothing else will grow there. I’m not sure if they will survive there long-term, but at least for now, I can see them.

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