With a Poet in Gardens of Viburnum and Hydrangea where our bittersweet Earth bears countless Flowers and our countless Dead also

 

Viburnum, Hydrangea

 

Often difficult to know which is a  viburnum and which a hydrangea between all their many species.

 

 

GARDEN

 

ANDREW MCMILLAN, Brtish born 1988

Poem written at Newton Heath, Manchester: 25 March 2020 and published on Write Where We Are Now: (poems during the pandemic)

https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/write/

 

in the beginning
the dead   like the first flowers
for Adam   were few

enough to name them
but soon   they grew too many
the vast fields of them

 

 

*************************************

 

 

Viburnum

 

In April and May varieties of viburnum  and hydrangea bloom at Winterthur, Delaware which does not limit itself to ‘native’ plants.

 

 At Mt. Cuba in May also, which does.

 

The first viburnum variety to bloom in late April at Winterthur is a Korean Spice Viburnum:

the sweetest fragrance picked up behind the needles of an evergreen which shields it from the path.

 

 

DSC00512

DSC00513

DSC00508

DSC00501

DSC00646

Korean Spice Viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware, late April and early May 

 

DSC01159

DSC00923

DSC00921

DSC00922

Green snowball viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware, late April and early May

DSC08201

B0049329

 

B0043488Mayflower Viburnum (Carlesii)             

DSC00491

Mayflower Viburnum (Carlesii), Winterthur, Delaware 

DSC00496

Mayflower Viburnum (Carlesii), Winterthur, Delaware 

DSC00913

DSC00492

Viburnum carlcephalum, Winterthur, Delaware 

DSC00493

Viburnum carlcephalum, Winterthur, Delaware in May

Winterthur May 21 2011 4

Winterthur 23 May 2012 Chinese Viburnum

DSC00174

Viburnum with hardy azalea in mid-May

 

DSC01691

DSC01693

DSC01695

DSC01690

DSC08192

Chinese ball vibrunum  (Viburnum macrocephalum) interplanted with hardy azalea, Winterthur, Delaware in May

 

 

Viburnum_rufidulum_1

Rusty Black Haw (Viburnum rufidulum), a native viburnum at Mt. Cuba, Delaware, whose photo this is

Viburnum_rufidulum_2

Rusty Black Haw (Viburnum rufidulum), a native viburnum at Mt. Cuba, Delaware, whose photo this is

 

B0049693Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum), Winterthur, Delaware

 

DSC00044

Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum), Winterthur, Delaware

DSC00034

Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum), Winterthur, Delaware

B0049649

Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum), Winterthur, Delaware

 

DSC09073

? Maple-leafed viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) in 2020 in the grounds of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (1761), Philadelphia?

 

DSC09052

? Maple-leafed viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) in 2020 in the grounds of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (1761), Philadelphia?

 

DSC09083

? Maple-leafed viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), 2020, in tree form on 4th Street, Philadelphia?

DSC09081

? Maple-leafed viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) in tree form on 4th Street, Philadelphia, 2020 

 

 

DSC07321

Tea viburnum (Vibernum setigerum) in two colours at Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

Hydrangea: delicate and robust.

White, lilac, the palest blue and green, pink, mauve and periwinkle.

 

 

 

DSC00041

DSC00081

 

DSC00078

DSC00101

Oak-leaf hydrangea, native to the eastern US, growing in Mt. Cuba, Delaware

 

DSC00989

Oak-leaf hydrangea, a native to the eastern US, growing in Mt. Cuba, Delaware

 

B0040833Oak-leaf hydrangea, a native to the eastern US, growing in Mt. Cuba, Delaware

 

 

DSC00274

DSC00267

DSC00266

DSC00270

Panicle hydrangea (Paniculata), Winterthur, Delaware.  Similar flower but quite different leaf shape from the Oakleaf hydrangea.

 

 

DSC05053

DSC05054

Tea of Heaven cultivar, Hydrangea serrata, Shirofugi in Winterthur, Delaware

B0052311

Hydrangea Grandiflora, considered native.  Mt. Cuba, Delaware

DSC00046

 

B0028258

DSC00088

DSC00089

DSC00343

DSC00017

DSC00028

DSC00019

DSC00959

DSC00026

DSC00001

 

DSC00154

Silver-leaf hydrangea (radiata), native

 

DSC09344

Winterthur, Delaware

DSC00091Winterthur, Delaware

DSC00143

Winterthur, Delaware in advancing autumn

 

DSC00092Winterthur, Delaware

 

DSC00027

Silver-leaf hydrangea (radiata), native

 

B0046898

Bigleaf hydrangea growing in the conservatory of Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “With a Poet in Gardens of Viburnum and Hydrangea where our bittersweet Earth bears countless Flowers and our countless Dead also

  1. We used to have some wild pink dogwoods interspersed in the woods behind our house in Delaware. They had a very light gentle pink color. Have you ever seen any of these at Mt Cuba or Winterthur to your recollection?

    1. There is one, fairly mature, in the graveyard of St. Peter’s here. I must have seen them because I have a memory of them but I found no photos of them on my hard drive on which I did, however, lose 3 years of recent photos.

      Those pink dogwoods are spectacular I suppose also because the pink, at least in a certain part of the flower cycle, is more than one pink! I’ll post them next week with the Kurume azalea at Winterthur which flower at the same time.

      Thanks for taking a look. Sarah

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.