Piedmont Gallery

Chapter members are invited to share favorite plant photos, from your garden or your travels

please send submissions, with plant ID, if known, and location:  cyndycrom@gmail.com

Thanks to Membership Chair Bobby Wilder for the photo of his wonderful Lonicera tellmanniana, blooming beautifully now at the end of April.

Thanks to member Ann Swallow for her photos of Alliums from last fall’s bulb sampler sale, as well as her purple and white Bletilla orchids, looking wonderful this spring!

Thanks to Treasurer David White for sharing photos of early bloomers in his garden. The Narcissus began on December 6, the Iris on December 13.

Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’
Iris unguicularis

It’s almost November, but Salvia leucantha and climbing aster are still going strong in Bobby Wilder’s garden!


Ginger lilies, begonias, cannas,  lantana and crinum bring late summer pizzazz to the superb garden of chapter member C.J. Dykes.

Jim and Anita Hollister have only recently moved to a brand new subdivision in Apex, but already their garden is full of wonderful structure and exciting plants, some of which are heirlooms, having been with them through various moves over the years. We were accompanied on our tour around the garden by Scout, their impeccably mannered Westie.

Anita and Jim Hollister
The Hollister garden’s dynamic mix of texture and color along the front foundation keeps it fresh even in August
Scout eyeing the wonderful planting extending from a patio water feature back under the deck
Jim and Anita’s garden is full of butterflies

Here are a few more spring photos from chapter member Gail Norwood – thanks Gail!

Thanks to Nancy Doubrava for sharing three amazing photos by Tim Alderton from the JC Raulston Arboretum’s Crevice and Rock Gardens.

Globularia trichosantha
Rock Garden, JCRA
Delosperma sutherlandii
Crevice Garden, JCRA
Physaria arizonica
Crevice Garden, JCRA

Iris tectorum (Rooftop iris)
Garden of Bobby Wilder
Allium schubertii
Garden of Marty Howard

Three springtime images from the superb garden of member Gail Norwood

Iris cristata ‘Dick Redfield’
Garden of Ruth Little, available by mail at Joe Pye Weed’s Garden
Iris cristata ‘Vein Mountain’ with Chrysogonum virginianum
Garden of Ruth Little
Iris cristata ‘Tennessee White’ with Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’
Garden of Ruth Little
Picea abies ‘Acrocona’
Garden of Amelia Lane, southern Virginia mountains
From seed labeled Aquilegia jonesii (?) 2018 NARGS Seedex
Garden of Cyndy Cromwell
Tulipa ‘Angelique’
Garden of Vandy Bradow

Past Chapter Chair Amelia Lane shares a photo from her garden of a birdfeeder converted to a nesting box by wrens

Photo by Amelia Lane

Chapter member Jerry Yu shares a couple of signs of spring:  a sweet yellow crocus and NARGS seedex sowings.

Photo by Jerry Yu
Photo by Jerry Yu

Piedmont Chapter Program Chair Bobby Ward is having great success with container-planted Narcissus bulbocodium conspicuous ‘White Petticoat’, purchased last fall through the chapter’s sale of bulb samplers from Van Engelen.

Photo by Bobby Ward
Photo by Bobby ward

Now for something completely different, as NARGS members begin sowing and growing their first batches of seed, ordered through the 2020 NARGS Seed Exchange, Pacific Bulb Exchange and others. Chapter members Ruth Little and Charlotte Thomann do their ordering and sowing as a joint operation, and aren’t afraid to try difficult taxa. Here are some photos of what these slightly mad plant scientists have been getting up to in recent weeks.

Zephyranthes primulina sown in tap water
Photo by Ruth Little
Clematis sown on bagged, unbleached coffee filter, love that label!
Photo by Charlotte Thomann

Are you having some early luck with seed exchange treasures? Please submit your photos, to educate and inspire others, as second round ordering commences March 1, 2020.



Narcissus romieuxii ssp romieuxii, Crevice Garden, Juniper Level Botanic Garden,  January 30, 2020
Cyndy Cromwell
Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus
Garden of David White
Begonia grandis, Garden of C.J. Dykes



Malvaviscus drummondii ‘Variegata’
Garden of C.J. Dykes
Impatiens capensis, Jewel Weed
Garden of C.J. Dykes


Anemone coronaria
Mani Peninsula, Greece
Cyndy Cromwell
Marshallia graminifolia
Green Swamp Preserve
Cyndy Cromwell
Yucca sp
Great Dixter, UK
Cyndy Cromwell
Ampelaster carolinianus
Carolina climbing aster
Garden of C.J. Dykes
Clerodendron bungii ‘Cashmere Bouquet’
Garden of C.j. Dykes
Malvaviscus drummondii
Pink Turks Cap
Garden of C.J. Dykes
Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Nagaba’
Garden of Pamela Harper
Photo by Amelia Lane
Cyclamen coum ‘Lake Effect’
Garden of Ruth Little
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’
Garden of Ruth Little
Narcissus romieuxii ‘Julia Jane’
Garden of Ruth Little
Pinguicula sp
Green Swamp Preserve
Jim Phillips
Sarracenia x catesbaei
Green Swamp Preserve
Tim Alderton


Anemone occidentalis
Paradise, Mount Rainier
Cyndy Cromwell