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.