The moments when we choose to play

I’ve posted three previous field trips to Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH, a playful place that’s art gallery and collector garden combined —  The Most EphemeralJuly 2015; 31 Days of A Sense of Place :: Day 18Oct. 2015; 31 Days of Kissing the Wounds :: Day 25Oct. 2016 — so I’m not going to go into the history and organising structure of the gardens again.  Check out my past posts or the Bedrock Gardens website if you want more info.

One new thing: They have hired John Forti as their first executive director. Forti was for many years the chief curator of historic gardens and landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, and since 2014 has been director of horticulture and education at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, MA (I saw him in that capacity at the Boston Flower Show in March). They day I visited Bedrock Gardens last month, Forti was on our small 3-hour garden tour led by volunteer Hobson Jandebeur.

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I saw some new plants:

yellowbulbsflowersRockGardenBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Narcissus bulbocodium (Golden Bells)
whiteJackinthePulpitArisaemaSikokianumPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Arisaema sikokianum (Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit)
whiteJackinthePulpitArisaemaSikokianumcloseBedrockGardensNH20May2017
closer view of the Arisaema sikokianum (Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit)
SarumaHenryiUprightWildGingerBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Saruma henryi (upright wild ginger) …. See how Saruma is an anagram of Asarum, the genus for European and Canadian gingers?
PodophyllumVersipelleSpottyDottyMayAppleleavesBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Podophyllum versipelle (Spotty Dotty may apple) foliage
pinktrilliumflowerPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
a pink trillium
pansyfacedgingerAsarumMaximumblackflowersblurryPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
the black flowers of Asarum maximum (pansy-faced ginger)
epidmediumspikeyleavestoothedPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
a spikey sort of epimedium (maybe Epimedium wushanense?)
mysteryflowerPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Glaucidium palmatum (Japanese wood poppy)
frillywhitepinkflowerPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
I think this is Schizocodon soldanelloides (reminiscent of a Soldanella sp., a snowbell) or a Soldanella alpina
yellowrootplantBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Xanthorhiza simplicissima (yellow root plant) – the only member of its genus

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And some plants I’ve met before but don’t see often:

skunk cabbagebywoodspondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
skunk cabbage
skunkcabbageflowerBedrockGardensNH20May2017
I have not noticed this flower bud (seed pod?) before on skunk cabbage; I’m used to seeing a dark red sort of growth.
riverbirchpondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
a lovely river birch
StewartiacamobarktilescoloursBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Stewartia tree with camo bark, against tiles
pawpawsBedrockGardensNH20May2017
paw paw flowers (Asimina triloba)
mayapplefloweringBedrockGardensNH20May2017
May apple plant with flower
mayappleflowercloseBedrockGardensNH20May2017
May apple flower
livingbambooBedrockGardensNH20May2017
bamboo resprouting
ErigeronfleabaneBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Erigeron (fleabane)
flowerErigeronfleabaneBedrockGardensNH20May2017
closer view of Erigeron (fleabane) flower

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Some creatures:

threetadpolesBedrockGardensNH20May2017
three tadpoles
tadpolepondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
tadpole
mothcocoonsweetgumtreeBedrockGardensNH20May2017
moth cocoon in a sweet gum tree
largetadpolepondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
large tadpole face
killdeerbirdcGrassAcreBedrockGardensNH20May2017
killdeer (bird) in the grass
greenfrogredlilypadsWiggleWaggleBedrockGardensNH20May2017
green frog
fiveguineafowlGrassAcreBedrockGardensNH20May2017
five guinea fowl
dragonflyBedrockGardensNH20May2017
dragonfly
dragonlizardsculptureBedrockGardensNH20May2017
dragon or lizard sculpture
cattailsheronsstorkssculpturesBedrockGardensNH20May2017
heron or stork sculptures
anothergreenfrogredlilypadsWiggleWaggleBedrockGardensNH20May2017
another green frog

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Landscape:

woodlandpathBedrockGardensNH20May2017
woodland path
WiggleWaggleGarishGardenArborvitaecattailssculptureBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Wiggle Waggle, Garish Garden, arborvitae hedge
viewfromParterretogoddesssculptureBedrockGardensNH20May2017
view from Parterre Garden to goddess sculpture
SwalewayviewBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Swaleway view
SwalewayshadegardensBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Swaleway garden
pondtreesbenchesBedrockGardensNH20May2017
large pond
pondaxisviewtoacrobatssculptureBedrockGardensNH20May2017
axis view from large pond to acrobat sculpture
PetitPondgardenbBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Petit Pond garden
peoplegardensviewBedrockGardensNH20May2017
people strolling
pateConelandfrominsidelabyrinthBedrockGardens20May2017
Pate hedge and Coneland trees
motherchildwalkingGrassAcreBedrockGardensNH20May2017
woman and girl in Grass Acre
metalsculpturerockpondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
metal sculpture by large pond
blueballshedgeBedrockGardensNH20May2017
hedge with sculptures and ball
beebannerwindswalewayBedrockGardensNH20May2017
bee banner in the Swaleway breeze
ballsBedrockGardensNH20May2017
balls
anotherviewPetitPondgardenBedrockGardensNH20May2017
another view of the Petit Pond area
AndreafourelementstotemBedrockGardensNH20May2017
four elements totem pole
acrobatssculpturerhodosBedrockGardensNH20May2017
acrobats sculpture and rhodos

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Things I just liked:

whitetiarellaBedrockGardensNH20May2017
white tiarella
rhodosGoddesssculpturenearhouseBedrockGardensNH20May2017
rhodos and a goddess sculpture
reliquaryurchinBedrockGardensNH20May2017
reliquary with urchin
redrhodocolourcolumnssculptureBedrockGardensNH20May2017
red rhodos and colour columns
redpurplespruceconesBedrockGardensNH20May2017
spruce cones
purplepeonybudBedrockGardensNH20May2017
purple peony bud
prayerhousesculptureBedrockGardensNH20May2017
prayer house
pinkwhiterhododendronsPetitPondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
pink and white rhododendron
lichenbenchwhiteinsulatorsilverytreeParterreGardenBedrockGardensNH20May2017
lichen bench and insulator
labyrinthroofventilatorsSpiralGardenBedrockGardensNH20May2017
labyrinth and ventilators
gnomehousewoodsBedrockGardensNH20May2017
gnome house in the woods
fourchairsnearpondBedrockGardensNH20May2017
chairs near large pond

dogwoodflowersBedrockGardensNH20May2017

BobandJillsheartSpiralGardenBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Bob & Jill’s heart sculpture
beebannersculptureSwalewaybBedrockGardensNH20May2017
bee banner and sculpture
blueglobeviewBedrockGardensNH20May2017
blue globe view (“things as they are are changed upon the blue guitar”)

And one of the things I love the most of all, ginkgos:

ginkgoleavesblueskyBedrockGardensNH20May2017
Ginkgo tree leaves

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It was a great day, with an in-depth, plant-geek tour of the gardens, followed by a fun lunch at The Holy Grail in Epping, NH.

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The post title — “The moments when we choose to play / The imagined pine, the imagined jay” — is from a Wallace Stevens’ poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar,” which I also quoted above in a caption (“Things as they are / are changed upon the blue guitar”).

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