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I need an excuse to upload some pictures :) Plus I want to see yours - what's going on in your gardens this month? Clematis 'Starburst' is blooming away and sharing trellis space with climbing rose 'Polka'. This is the Polka's third year and I'm excited to see it finally (hopefully) put on a show this season.
This shady border leaps from nothing to lush seemingly overnight in the cool, moist spring weather we've been having. Aruncus, lady fern, forget-me-nots, ajuga, and some almost hidden yellow heuchera are all going on here.
Great photos, thanks for sharing! For me, it's creeping phlox, lithodora, wisteria, alliums, clematis, lavendar, wallflowers, aubrieta, iris, thyme, viburnums, and delphiniums that are making my yard look great right now. I'll show a few pics, taken today.
This Western Skink (Eumeces skiltonianus) showed up on my doorstep the other day and seems to want to stay. A very beneficial species that eats bugs, slugs and small rodents. Amazing what is out there when you don't have pets!
Yay, so glad there's some action on this thread - love the pics, love the skink! It sounds like we're a bit ahead on the poppy front here in Seattle, the Orientals have been in full glory for several weeks now. This is Royal Wedding with catmint, california poppies, and artemesia 'Valerie Finnis'. Love the pink ones up above - especially the fringed one.
And the last one for tonight - columbine. I'm having mixed luck with mine this year, some are doing well, but others seem stunted and are only half-heartedly flowering. Black Barlow and the Winky series in particular aren't doing so great for me. Maybe the rufflier ones are having a hard time?
Went to Glenwood Gardens plant sale Saturday!! Who can resist Cardiocrinum giganteum on the left and Arisaema speciosum "magnifica", on the right. Now where to put them?
A landscaper runs plants, a plant collector is run by plants. ha
By that definition, I am definitely run by plants, and not only that, by pictures of plants, talking about plants, reading about plants, dreaming about plants...
Azorina, you definitely have a knack for choosing unusual plants for your collection. And your veggie garden looks delicious too.
Kosk and Willow, Kymco and Springcolor, you all have so much in bloom and leaf already. Wow! I need to get out in the garden more to see what I have out there. I seem to be trudging between home and work without much time in the garden lately. I did palnt some irises in pots on the porch so they would be where I could enjoy them. Here are some dwarf beardeds.
Have been so busy with the few available moments in the yard to try to catch up with spring, pictures have been a little neglected. Here are some of the alium that I got in a Costco package last fall. (I find that if you get the packages when they first appear, they are usually very successful.)
Pix--Naylor Nursery was where I bought both plants..I love following them around to the different plant sales when they are there..I find the most unusual perennials and at a good price as you have pointed out.
kosk0025--Actually those are regular sized iris just planted at the bottom of a rock wall...thanks!
I've bought from Naylor Creek quite a few times (usually Hostas or Epimediums) at plant shows, but their prices weren't significantly different from the other vendors. Maybe it's different when they are closer to home. I do love the stuff they have. Going to their site is dangerous . . .
I am so distracted by the hummingbirds...all I can do is sit and watch...The babies have fledged and somewhere between 10-20 of these flying projectiles with attitude are all over. This male Anna's did his best to guard all 4 feeders
Kymmco- This one is for you! Voodoo Lily Dracunculus vulgaris just showed itself today 3 weeks later than usual. This photo was taken from the top it is actually 4 feet tall. They are looking wilted, I'm thinking they just aren't used to direct sun.
This little clump was only about 5 or 6 strong when I planted it last September and it just sat there and I was wondering if it would survive. Seems to be doing just fine!! It is spreading by underground runners and I'm not sure if it will reseed as well! To be honest, the real reason it is spreading to other parts of this garden and other people's gardens as well, is the fault of the plant nut plunking this out on a keyboard. It lights up a normally dark part of the garden, although this one is getting at least 2 hours of midday sun. At this point I am really liking this plant.
I love it. It does spread underground and is a little tougher than it looks. You can divide and share and it grows pretty darned well here with enough water. Yours might have come from Sue Wall. That's where I got mine. I first saw it at Dunn Gardens a few years ago and didn't think much of it, but now it's a favorite.
Your stand looks great. I have an acquaintance who has a large stand with Coltsfoot and Hosta behind it.
Hi mhf, No not all moved or settled in yet. This is a slow process because DH doesn't adjust well to strange things. Will get pictures soon. Haven't forgotten your siberian iris either. Will mail it soon. Send me your address on dmail please.
I just love this Bougainvillea. It is probably 4 years at my house and loves to go out in the sun in June and get planted. Then I dig it up and bring it in my sun room for flowers almost all year. Lovely plant.
My chickens got loose and had a blueberry feast with my lower growing Sunshine Blue shrubs. These ripen a bit later, and I had been having a handful of blueberries every day when I came home from work. Too bad for me, but it sure was funny seeing "Sir Clucksalot" the rooster jumping to reach a ripe berry.