GB Bloom Day in April

I went over to the University of Hohenheim’s Spielhaus garden for the first time in months yesterday to see what was blooming in mid April.  The cherry trees that were so amazing this time last year had finished and the magnolias were also winding down.  The perennial beds were still pretty subdued, except for this very nice bit just below the terrace and wisteria arbor.

I thought this combination was great: Tulipa clusiana ‘Tubergen’s Gem’ and yellow Aurinia saxatilis ‘Compactum’. The little weeping tree above them is Sophora japonica ‘Pendula’.

The Spielhaus (play house) was built in the 1780s for Grand Duke Carl Eugen von Württemberg and Franziska von Hohenheim, his mistress and then morganatic wife. It originally only had one floor and was one of about 60 folly-type structures in their “English garden” of Hohenheim Palace.

In another part of the Spielhaus garden, these small tulips were really sweet.

I loved these Tulipa clusiana var. clusiana.

I also loved the Tulipa sylvestris, although I didn’t take a very good picture of them.

I like the way they all turn in more or less the same direction.

To see the mid-April flowers of other garden bloggers, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

GB Bloom Day for April

A bit late, I’m afraid. . .

The tulips are T. Clusiania 'Tubergen's Gem. The purple ground cover is Aubrita-Hybride ‘Lavander’.
The tulips are T. Clusiania ‘Tubergen’s Gem’. The purple ground cover is Aubrita-Hybride ‘Lavander’.

This month, I’m again stalking the pretty display garden of the Spielhaus* at the University of Hohenheim, which is close to our neighborhood.

What’s blooming? Low groundcover plants, tulips, and magnolias.

view of Spielhaus, enclos*ure
The purple groundcover is Aubrieta-Hybride ‘Tauricola’ and ‘Lavander’.
view2 of Spielhaus, enclos*ure
The pale yellow-blooming shrub is Corylopsis pauciflora. I believe the low white flowers in the foreground are Arabis caucasia ‘Schneehaube’.

There were several kinds of Tulipa clusiana or Lady Tulips.Tulipa clusiana 4, enclos*ure

Tulipa clusiana 2, enclos*ure
I believe these are Tulipa clusiana var. clusiana, although there were also var. chrysantha in the same area (as well as ‘Tubergen’s Gem’), and I realized after I got home that I hadn’t been careful enough keeping the flowers with the labels.

Tulipa clusiana 1, enclos*ure

Tulipa clusiana 3, enclos*ure

Tulipa Clusiana 20, enclos*ure

Tulipa Silvestris 3, enclos*ure

Above and below are Tulipa sylvestris subsp. sylvestris.Tulipa Silvestris 4, enclos*ure

Tulipa Silvestris view12, enclos*ure
En masse.

Aubrieta 1, enclos*ure

Phlox 1, enclos*ure
I could not find a label for these smallish pink tulips.
Euphorbia, enclos*ure
Euphorbia epithymoides growing among Scilla.
Pumonaria, enclos*ure
Blaues meer means blue sea.

P. angustifolia ‘Blaues Meers’ are also called blue cowslips.Pumonaria 1, enclos*ure

Fritillaria 1, enclos*ure

The fritillary were still blooming.  They have also been called snake’s head fritillary, chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower, guinea flower, leper lily (from the bell once carried by lepers), Lazarus bell, chequered lily, chequered daffodil, and drooping tulip.Fritillaria 8, enclos*ure

There’s a good article about them here, from the online garden magazine Dig Delve.P. Spinosa1, enclos*ure

Just behind the Spielhaus were a collection of magnolia, cherry, and plum trees.

P. Spinosa2, enclos*ure

P. Spinosa3, enclos*ure

Magnolias, enclos*ure

Heaven Scent1, enclos*ure

Heaven Scent3, enclos*ur

M. soulangiana3, enclos*ure

M. soulangiana1, enclos*ure

M. soulangiana5, enclos*ure

M. Susan5g, enclos*ure

This cultivar had long flower petals that were all leaning in the same direction.M. Susan3, enclos*ure

M. Susan2, enclos*ure

M. Elizabeth43, enclos*ure

Not far away was this creamy yellow M. Cultivar ‘Elizabeth’.

To see what’s blooming today for other garden bloggers, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

*Part of the University’s botanical garden.