You may recall, I posted about the Lan Su Chinese Garden before. I said that I hardly ever go–because I have a yearly membership, which means I can go any time I want. Hmmm. That doesn’t make sense, does it?

And it’s not true. Now that I’m driving myself around town, apparently I stop more frequently.

Lorapetalum aka Chinese Fringe Flower.
Lorapetalum chinese var. rubrum aka Chinese Fringe Flower.

My Fringe Flower at home is blooming as well. I inherited this plant–having killed two others in my former garden. Shhhh. Don’t tell it.

Lorapetalum 'Sizzling Pink' in my own backyard.
Lorapetalum ‘Sizzling Pink’ in my own backyard.

Lan Su Chinese Garden is beautiful from every angle.

Hard to get a bad shot here.
Hard to get a bad shot here.

Peonies galore. I meant to identify from their master list, but there are so many of them–and I’m a little challenged at figuring out their planting map.

White Tree Peony. So lovely.
White Tree Peony. So lovely.

And look at the height of that Iris confusa ‘Martyn Rix’.

Iris Confusa 'Martyn Rix' and Pink Peony noid.
Iris Confusa ‘Martyn Rix’ and Pink Peony noid.

A veritable riot of Iris confusa ‘Martyn Rix’. (Tim Vojt, yes, you need this.)

I might need to allow more room for my Iris confusa.
I might need to allow more room for my Iris confusa at home.

More gorgeousity.

Ho hum, another killer view.
Ho hum, another killer view.

Fabulous groundcovers.

Acorus 'Variegatus' and Ophiopogon aka Black Mondo grass.
Acorus ‘Variegatus’ and Ophiopogon planiscarpus ‘Nigrescens’ aka Black Mondo grass.

The Acorus in the photo below is in my garden. How did I never look closely at the bloom? Loving it.

Acorus 'Variegatus' in my home garden.
Acorus ‘Variegatus’ in my home garden.

I need Asarum splendens. How gorgeous is this?

Asarum splendens aka Wild Chinese Ginger.
Asarum splendens aka Wild Chinese Ginger.

And a wider angle.

How's this for fabulous? Asarum splendens aka Wild Chinese Ginger.
Does it get more fabulous? Asarum splendens aka Wild Chinese Ginger.

I’d be remiss in not showing the Bigleaf Rhodie–not a perfect shot. But you get the idea. COOL.

Rhododendron sinogrande getting a bit of morning sun.
Rhododendron sinogrande getting a bit of morning sun.

The May Apples were looking fabulous in spite of uncooperative light conditions. I have a couple plants at home. Last year they didn’t do much. This year, getting bold–and does that ever make me happy.

Podophyllum pleianthum aka May Apple. I
Podophyllum pleianthum aka May Apple. I

Lan Su Chinese Garden. Visit soon. Visit often. And then off to Happy Hour.

Mixed baby greens with balsamic dressing, sauteed mushrooms, and oven roasted artichoke hearts–with an inexpensive rosé from Trader Joe’s, because it’s spring.

Mixed baby greens with balsamic dressing, sauted mushrooms, and oven roasted artichoke hearts--with a light rosé.
A very veggie happy hour.

 

Cheers