My wife is on government business this week on Cape Cod. My son and I are accompanying her for the trip.
In passing through Connecticut today, we stopped at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden. The place is owned by Dr. Richard Jaynes, former Yale horticulturalist and leading expert on mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) as well as chestnuts (Castanea). Having grown up near the Pennsylvania Poconos, I am a huge fan of both species.
I reserved two cultivars of mountain laurel to add to my backyard.
“Carousel” Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
“Sarah” Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
We walked the grounds to observe the other specimens, most of which were in full bloom.
They also had some enormous potted pawpaws for sale, including some rare varieties as well as the better known “Sunflower” cultivar.
The place is a gardeners’ paradise. The blooms on this Abelia mosanensis bush filled the ambient air with a heavy perfume.
The trip was long overdue and I’m glad I stopped in. If you love mountain laurel like me, then you know this place is a pilgrimage.