Tuesday, May 21, 2013

More Pictures from The Paine Art Museum and Garden

Redbud in full bloom, always a treat, as we are on the edge of their zone here in central Wisconsin.

Virginia bluebells out-maneuvering dandelions, yay bluebells!

Pretty soulianga magnolia  blooming with a red leaf plum for backdrop.

A dainty mulitflora daffodil

Woodland path, with a perspective that seems much more distant.  This path narrows from four feet to about two feet in a would guess less than 16 feet.  It wides out again at the bend.  It is carefully constructed visually.

Bottlebrush buckeye (I think!)  This is so not part of the trees you see in my zone.  It looks like some magical tutti-frutti candy.

There's not a lot of sculpture in this relatively small garden.  No clue who this might be.  Handsome Son thinks "a Paine, who must have been a pain to have this head done" and placed in the garden.  (He thinks he's a life comedian.)

"Really, Mom?" 

Back of the Paine House, Handsome Son asks if chemists can make enough to have a house and garden like these.  "Maybe a small portion of the house, and then you could work on the garden."  I hold my hands making a small viewfinder for him.

Coming: More pictures from the Paine later this week.


  1. I could live there! But mostly I really really want a redbud tree-- You would not believe how difficult they are to find in Oregon.

    1. They sell them here, but we gardeners have to be very careful about where the seed was sourced, because as I said we are just barely where they are hardy. Although my neighbor has one, he is a doctor of horticulture and he says he crosses his fingers every winter (and I specifically know his is of that farthest north seed source).

  2. The Paine is a great little garden. I have been there. So many of the plants you showed today are in my garden here on the shores of Lake Michigan. They are now only beginning to bloom. (high today only 56F when all those west of me were in the upper 70s) Still early Spring here. Enjoyed my visit.

  3. Not a bottlebrush buckeye but a common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), a close relative of the buckeyes.

    1. Oh, thank you. I can't grow either one here. The flower looks far from "common"! It seems like something almost tropical with its tutti-fruitti flower colors. Are you from zone 6? I know they are more common in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.