I've been working at getting non-stop color in the gardens, and right now, we're approaching a "hole". The Daffs are fading & the Tulips are fast on their way out. I see Azaleas everywhere blooming, but with our deer problem, haven't invested in them yet. Any other suggestions for early bloomers after the daffs & tulips? I do have some Alliums with buds on them too, not sure how long they will take to open, since this is their first year in my gardens.
Argh! You zone 5 people are probably at least 3-4 weeks ahead of us! I did see some LOV with buds, so those will be out soon, but not a lot of "pop" there. The ground covers are fun & I have some yellow & purple violets, but not enough to "wow" either. I did see some waves of grape hyacinths that are going strong & have a few of those myself. Maybe I should get a hundred or so of those & naturalize a couple of spots for some splash next year.
Also some low-growing white flower that is growing in the neighbor's garden & another (maybe different, I saw it from the car) in a community garden. I think it might be some sort of perennial allysum stuff... whatever that is...
Creeping Charlie is popping up & reminds me why its not completely bad in more naturalized areas, as long as its kept under controll (I stopped trying to get rid of it alltogether). Some small fruit bushes/trees with pink flowers were flowering too at another place, but I don't know what kind they are.
Late tulips, I have white ones that always are a week or so later than the yellow ones.
Virginia blue bells are still booming for me. A bit late this year, I'd say.
My common Primula is blooming, grown from seed and was divided last year :)
Such a cheerful splotch of red.
And of cause alpine strawberries! This means I'll taste new berries pretty soon.
Ah! Virginia Bluebells... on my "get" list this year. I have a couple of primroses, but they are very close to the pond, where my nieces & nephews crawl ALL over looking for frogs, so I think a little foot might have gotten them once or twice...
My tulips are still going strong, and I have vinca that's in flower. My squill are also still putting up some flowers even though we had to break down and mow over them. I have a clematis that's full of buds, they should be opening in the next couple of weeks...pink champagne, if I remember correctly, but that's one of those that I lost the little plant tag for and interplanted a couple together to boot. I'll know once they open!
Zone 4: Right now I have bleeding heart, trillium, virginia bluebells, dianthus are starting, lots of white anemonie, violets, , lungwort, lamium are covered with flowers, geraniums are starting, epimedium are about done.
LOL @ duck-toller..Dandelions are growing big here too!!
Dianthus here are starting to bloom which I planted last year & my carnations are starting to bud out...Planted some new raspberry surprise dianthus & 2 butterfly bushes that I got from Bluestone 2 days ago...Also planted some live petunias, cosmo's , snapdragons,& a few marigolds...I have 3 varities of nicotina,saliva hummingbird mix, & rocket mix snapdragons that arrived yesterday from Graceful Gardens...They are all HUGE..Don't have these in the ground yet... I've ben flirting w/ mother nature the last 3 yrs. planting live annuals the first week in May which many here say is to early but so far so good...Last nite we had heavy wind, rain, & a brief hail storm...But all the plants in the ground seem fine this morning!
Native geraniums, lily of the valley and columbine are blooming here. Also my Immortality Iris is blooming. No annuals planted yet. That's something I do around Memorial Day here. I usually plant them in containers for around the patio. It's supposed to get cold again this weekend.
It seems really early for my Tree Peony to bloom, but it has been a strange spring. Glad I took a picture yesterday, it's cold and rainy here today and I'm sure the peony looks bad this morning.
These are shooting starts I propagated 3 years ago as an experiment, I have more of the results scattered around the garden. In the back is variegated Solomon's seal from Marcia. This one comes back happy but seems to be a slow multiplier for me.
Maxine's Immortality. I love white in this half shade. Very strong plant in an area heavily salted.
One of the reasons I love bearded irises is that they take a lot of abuse and still come out looking
I love the look of all the trilliums. I have a few wild flowers in my north garden. Right now the native geraniums are blooming. There's wild ginger in there also, but I don't have a good picture. It gets a flower, but it's small and hides under the leaves.
Finally there is sun today. My Immortality iris is blooming today. The heuchera and heucherella are looking good despite an invasion of creeping charlie. I filled a wheelbarrow with it. That's what I get for not cleaning up the bed last fall.
I wish I could take credit for making great closeups, but...it's my camera. Many digital cameras (and mine's even an older one) have macro settings for closeups where you're less than 2 feet from the subject. That's all I use; just an automated feature on my camera. The icon for the macro setting is usually a flower (tulip) shape. Maybe your camera has one. :)
I have issues with that sometimes. A trick I've learned is to squat down a bit and rest my elbow(s) on my thigh to steady my hand. Even then, it doesn't always work. I keep thinking I should pick up a tripod, but I never seem to do it.
The "Lemon Chiffon" fringed tulips are still in bloom (weeks now), narcissus poeticus is just finishing. Peony -double fern-leaf is in bloom (less bloom than last year..I think it got warm too quickly), single peony tenufolia, lamium varieties, primroses, trillium are finishing (again less time due to heat), white and red bleeding heart, Jacobs ladder-finishing, sweet woodruff, lily of the valley (white is lasting longer than the pink this year), wild geranium, the thalictrums are starting to bloom. The red violets that are in full shade are still blooming, crested iris, dwarf iris are done, TB iris (purple) and the Star of Bethlehem blooms that escaped my shovel!!
Gardening carefully as the toads are traveling the yard..love those little cuties.
Oh, Marcia, you have toads! I have not seen those in years. My neighbourhood is not pesticide free unfortunately. I have thalictrum from you and Big Al both are about to burst. What a nice plant!
I have some pinks that started blooming but this year it's a scattered singles at the onset. Usually, I get a whole patch aglow but not this year.
And I still have my white tulips out. I'll move them to the shadier spot for next year to get more punch out of white they get lost in the sun.
I have TB iris just opening and the siberian I got from you going full strong now. Funny how they always go together unlike my other siberian iris that is in full sun. It's just pushing buds out.
The trillium and alpine forget-me-nots are still going, it's been cool here. The alliums and TB iris are just budding. The tulips and dwarf iris are done. The medium iris, delphs, polemonium, creeping gypsophilia and columbine are blooming. One surprise is that the Muscari armeniacum still look good, I guess because they're sterile. I wish they weren't.
I have iris, baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight', Rainbow Knockout rose, and a primula japonica from the RU last year blooming, plus several other roses are about to open their buds, as are the trollius ledebourii. Afraid I don't remember who brought the primula but it's thriving and those light pink blooms are gorgeous - thank you!!
Tall white violets full of seed pods but they don't spread like the blue ones do. I don't see any Downy Yellow Violet this year. I hope I have at least one left somewhere :( Not sure what happened to them.
Can anyone id it for me?
Lovely pictures, Enya! Is that hydrangea quericifolia--oak-leaf hydrangea--in the one shot with the white flowers? It's very pretty.
I'm envious of your irises. I have had my Siberians in about 4-6 hours sun for the past 3 years and they refuse to bloom. I haven't had bloom one since I got them. I just posted a thread in the iris forum asking for help. Looks like I'm going to have to divide them (although they're not that big) to 6 fans and get them into more sunlight. I always thought Siberians could take some shade. *mutter*
Your primulas look pretty, too. That's another one that just won't grow for me. They never survive the winter.
This very same iris I moved 3 times before I found a place they seemed to like. It's not full sun, it's dappled shade. Sun never touches them :( but that seems to be not a problem. I found that siberians unlike TB don't tolerate road salt well. So I move them all on the other side of the sidewalk. All winter I religiously sort the snow: good on my side, dirty with salt on the other ;) Everybody laughs but that makes a difference for me.
Any plant that grows in my "no man's land" garden take tremendous amounts of salt.
The two primulas I posted are new to me - 2d winter. They were not very happy after the previous one. I
I do have another one that is red with yellow center. This one is very hardy and takes salt! And when I say salt, it's not just salt and the pressure of 3-4-5 ft of snow and ice. I think, I can get you a piece of that one because I divided it. It is an earlier bloomer too.
It's funny, but I'm terrible at identifying even the most simple shrubs. I suppose it's because I'd rather plant perennials than most shrubs. Still, my kids know that I'm generally pretty good at identifying plants, so they're always asking me, "What's that?" and I'll say, "I'm not good with shrubs." I guess this proves it, right? lol
KaylyRed, I had to wait for 4 years for some of my SI iris to bloom. I think that they are a snooty group and will take their time to do their thing!!! My areas of "full sun" is less than 6 hours, I have many in dappled shade. Some have bloomed for one season and have taken a season off..they aren't crowded or anything..just snarky.
Maybe a little food (mine don't get it) but they do get a bit of water when it is quite dry..and you will win them over...good luck.
My Siberian iris are also snooty. I have bunches of them on the north, east and west side of the yard. I noticed yesterday that the ones on the west are going to bloom. For the size of the clump, they are being very stingy with their blooms. I like to use the seed pods in floral arrangements, if I ever get any!
My Korean Lilac is magnificent this year. The winds were just right yesterday and I could smell them from inside the house. It's one happy shrub.
August weather predicted..AWK..what the heck am I going to do for the week that will be too hot to work outside. The flowers are just going to run through. Gripe, Gripe,Gripe!
I have lamium--shade ground cover that spreads by runners..has purple flowers (that this season are still in bloom after weeks..that is going to stop this week!!
Anyhow..once established will cover at about 4" tall..doesn't seem to pop all over,,just marches forward once established.
Finally got the lawn mowed, was tall enough that grass was seeding (mower finally back from shop.) I mowed slowly, so toads could travel through..one was on the toadway and hopped into one of the sedum "beds".
I just get worried that I will step on them as I am not quite as graceful as I once was. Our hunting toy poodle was investigating the toads..but didn't hurt them. She has been known to bring in prey..gack!!!!!!
The back drop of ferns and tall trees is actually not my property - a shared lot, but it does make things look so much better in a perspective :) I don't have nice tidy beds :( It's all prettier in the pictures than it is in real life.
Beautiful and so delicate. I can even see the little hairs. Love your closeups. Still working on mine.
I do love love geraniums but not sure how to plant use them in the garden. So for expediency and following an idea that I got on one of the garden tours I just lumped all of mine together. I have 4 different ones. Well, whoever created the Pulmonaria bed that seeded the idea in my head definitely gave it far more thought than I did. Planted against each other various species of the same family could show the great extend of variation but without artistic touch and botanical planning that's not an eye catching arrangement I was going for.
I have a white bleeding hearts that never really puts on a show. But can you believe it's still blooming?
It's been over a month now. Crazy, ha? Tried to trim the picture, but my focus is somewhere in
the middle so that did not work too well.
polemonium blue pearl, in pots still. i went out and looked at everything for the first time since i had elbow surgery last friday and the TB irises are all blooming, and the spiderwort. the daylilies aren't doing anything yet.
they have them, just very small. all my similar daffs got confused last fall and came up right away, then this spring i found some frozen buds and figured there wouldn't be any blooms. this one is doubly confused, but at least i got to see a bloom.
These SPREAD! I'm not complaining--I really like them. And they're a great mix of colors from electric blue to hot pink. I'll try to photograph the whole clump after they've all more or less opened. (And after I weed that bed so it's less embarrassing. :P)
Penstemons are nice. I have got two starter of Husker Red two years back at the UMRU. They are nice size now and about to open. Mine did not spread that much just got to be mature clumps. Would love to see the mix of colors.
Baptisia is blooming this morning. Usually I miss catching this plant in bloom. It's in a spot I don't get to much. It's now so tall it's reaching my kitchen window. I can't miss it anymore. I like using the seed pods in floral arrangements.
Also blooming is Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' and the other, darker leafed Spiderwort are also blooming. Sweet Kate doesn't seem to be as prolific as the other type. I like the contrast the lime green leaves give in a bed.
pastime, beautiful combinations of blue and various greens! I've seen Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' on my walk to work before. It's a great plant especially for later in the season when the greens are no longer as fresh looking. That lime just pops up. Love Lilac trees, get to enjoy them every year walking past the corner of the Engineering Hall at UW-Madison :)
Their are always to prim no matter the season!
Here's a Penstemon Prairie Fire. I am very very impressed with the size of the flowers.
As for the vigor, well, let's say it did not increase at all from the size I bought it at last year.
Quite a difference with the Husker Red. Which I got at the RU and it is a beauty, strong and
always covered with flowers.
I wonder if any one could speak on the vigor of other Penstemons. I do like the growing habit
of them and would be interested in something bluish.
Pardon the mess around. That's what most of my "flower beds" look like up close :)
What's left of the Bleeding Hearts after the late snow froze most of them
Some of the low-growing sedum
A few of the later Alliums
Columbine (just starting)
carnations (just starting)
perennial creeping gypsophilia
one sea pink plant ( i have some confused plants)
one early tomato!
chamomile (reseeded from last year)
all perennial geraniums
alliums Ivory Queen and moly, hair allium showing just a couple of tentative tendrils
I was outside and my "big" tomatoes have blossoms, too. I was really hoping to get earlier tomatoes by starting one cherry tomato really early, but I guess you can't fool a tomato. They're earlier than the others at least. Also, my Clematis Caerulea is blooming, it's a little guy I have growing up through the columbine to give some color to that area after the columbine is finished.
Next store they have some Asiatic (i think) Lilies blooming, but they bought them that way, so I'm not sure if they would be normally.
Some of the Daylilies (Stella D'Oro and a couple others)
Comfrey Bocking 14
Blooming- Sundrops-(oenetheta fruticosa) many of which will be coming to RU..
Budding and now GONE, the Jackmanni clematis that I ended up pruning off at the roots while I was trying to clip off trash tree seedlings. It was covered with buds..I have one spindly vine left. ARGH
Double peonies are running through like they were on a marathon, daylilies are setting up scapes.
First 2 open blooms on the Martagon lily.
Clematis (maybe the President..no tag when I got it at end of season sale.
Big leaf ligularia are showing great form.
Marcia, do you know the name of your Martagon?
Hope to see some at the Flower Factory.
Jeff, if you have any two toned or bi/color small hosta's I would like a couple. I had planned on raiding Marie's bed, but will see if you have any that I like. Aren't I nasty counting on Marie like that?
I will have to check for the name. I got it at Gloria's Garden..a "farm flower garden" on Hwy 12..just on Madison side of Sauk City.
Snooty Siberians..had purchased "Super Ego" years ago..bloomed for one season..then no show until this year. 2 lovely clumps where 2 fans had been..took time off to set fans...I am trying now to mark things..but (again) running in to round-to-it..and relying on memory..)0
Maxine-checked Plantfiles-common martagon-mine is rose/mauve.
Will have to check one of mine for name as I think it could be the same.
Will start digging plants today. Don't know yet what?
Have plants in the greenhouse I plan on bringing also, plus a start of "Queens Tears" a house plant in our area. A friend in Calif. near where my grenddaughter lives gave it to me yrs. ago.
Yes I did find that out,actually I got a pale yellow 1 at the swap and I didnt know what it was ,and when I went looking at Scabiosa said hey thats what that is ...LOL but definitly not the purple ,I hope it is a pereinnal..LOL
There are probably plenty of seed catalogs that carry them, too. Oddly, mine don't look anything like the pictures I'm finding of 'Autumn Colors,' but they do look like the photo on the package. I get the impression that 'Autumn Colors' is a mix, so there are variations.