Tiarella 'Spring Symphony' blooming now.
Post your spring photos - whenever you have spring!
This bed is fully shaded in summer, but in winter/spring the walnut tree in the middle is bare, so the plants get a sunlight boost when they need it most! I'm surprised the 'Tropicanna' canna threw out some blooms - normally I cut them down in Feb and they don't return until late May. This time I was late, just cut them back two days ago. Lots of new smaller leaves coming up, but these two were actually flowering. The weather's been pretty good this spring, although we could use some more rain, so I think everything's about 3 weeks ahead of schedule so far.
Probably should have posted this second instead of the iris/hellebore photo - this is the back of the bed in my first photo. A truly gaudy combination of orange nasturtiums and pink coleonema! But the nasturtiums don't last long, and the splash of colors is actually refreshing after too many dreary wet days.
Another bearded iris, with the Oxalis siliquosa in full winter technicolor behind it. O. siliquosa really shows the beautiful copper-pink tones in winter - in summer it pretty much goes yellow-chartreuse. The variegated alstroemeria leaves are attractive, but the plant is in too much shade to ever bloom well. I really should move it.
One of my favorite plants, a 'Jack Frost' brunnera bought at ridiculous expense, is beginning to disappear under an aggressive palm that I need to cut back. But the brunnera has put up its delicate spikes of tiny sky-blue flowers - hard to capture with my ancient digital camera, this was the best shot I could get. A white calla is lying on the ground next to it.
Beautiful! I'm so impressed that you've been able to plant so much under a walnut and have it grow so well. I've had trouble with brunneras disappearing too and wonder if they need the cold to keep going. I've had trouble growing Hexastylis (or Asarum). Another magic touch you have. Mine has just languished.
Here's a hellbore - I've posted this somewhere else but it's pretty enough to post twice. :-)
wow very beautiful ladies....some day we will be growing here again also... I do have some crocuses in blossom... nice to see them!!!
beautiful photo frances. And Deb, your mature azaleas and jessamine are stunning. How old are the azaleas?
The jessamine is beautiful; does it smell, too? (Thanks, Doss - it's hard to miss when the flower itself is so perfect. I guess its a good thing that crocus are blooming by themselves - it makes me appreciate each one. If they were with a slew of other things I might not notice how gorgeous they are individually. )
Frances: The crocus are so beautiful. I love seeing them because they don't grow well here. Too mild, I think. Oh, and yes, the jessamine smells heavenly. To me it's like vanilla.
Doss: Those azaleas are about 10 years old. Some are 3-5' taller than I am. I can't reach far enough to prune them. :)
Doss: I always believed that good things come in small packages. :) That kurume is a wonderful color!
Oh my, all the photos are glorious! Doss, your kurume azaleas are gorgeous - I finally sprang for an Encore azalea by mail because I couldn't find what I wanted locally. HD had them but wouldn't differentiate them by color, and I desperately wanted a red one!
Turns out it's more a red with a hint of orange but it fades to dark pink. But does seem to be pretty vigorous. It looks pretty good considering it arrived half-dead (I was very unhappy with Park Seeds about the order). It's already bloomed twice in two months. Heavy feeder, though! I tried to include the tag but it's not very readable: variety is "Autumn Embers".
Looks like you were able to bring it back to life pretty well jkom. I had a friend get some from Parks and the same thing happened. Beautiful!
georgeous!!!! I have a shady yard also and should look into the azaleas!
jkom: I have Autumn Embers and Autumn Sunset and both have been good bloomers for me. They seem to need alot of water the first year, moreso than some "regular" azaleas. Otherwise, they've bloomed nicely for me in close to full shade.
Quinces are so pretty and they take more shade than it would seem.
doss do arisaema's grow in CA or is it too warm?
I love them, when I was a kid we had all kinds of wild species ones in our woods. I've got two other ones but hope to keep expanding the collection.
Heronswood nursery says that they can grow into zone 9 - but sometimes that's just wrong. I've never seen anyone grow one here. That doesn't mean that it doesn't happen though.
Beautiful Deb. Jody, I checked Plant Delights Nursery site and some of the arisaemas only go up to zone 7 but some of them are listed as zone 9. Sounds as if you are right that a lot of them need more cold than we have here. I've been trying to grow toad lilies and brunneras and I think that it's a problem for them here too.
Wow doss! And here I have always been so envious of those in warmer zones... guess it's true what they say, "the grass is always greener"...
Sure are beautiful lussah
Here's a shade garden. The red bloomers on the left are azaleas and the purple ones to the left are viola odorata.