It’s not really feeling like May 15th in the garden. I can’t believe how far behind both the plants and I am. The plants in their growth and flowering (like the Rhododendrons above and below) and me in completing my annual spring migration of the tender container plants back outside, it’s just been too cold and wet!
Here’s my best attempt at a Bloomday photo tour of what's blooming in the garden…the back yard Rhododendron has opened one floret (?)…last year the whole shrub was in full glorious bloom. Point Reyes Ceanothus is finishing up. While Ceonothus Impress ‘Victoria’ is just getting started. Unknown Clematis I’ve ripped out this ornamental Strawberry multiple times. It keeps on coming back. Luckily it stays small. The Arugula is starting to flower, and still haven’t gotten a single bloom on the Sugar Snap Peas. Lilly of the Valley, so old fashioned but I love them. What they say is true too. I planted just a couple and now I have this… Nothing can stop the power of a Kniphofia! Even though the foliage is all tied up for house painting the bloom spike is breaking free. The same can be said for the Solomon’s seal. This is a tough plant that doesn't let a little adversity stand in it's way. Dug and put in tubs (and pulled in and out of the garage while the house is painted) it’s not even missing a beat. I got a little worried when I sliced into a thick white tuber (?) but they don’t seem to care. Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red' Love it! Most of the Euprhorbia are still shining on. Euphorbia characias ssp wulfenii… Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia polychroma Euphorbia cyparissias The label on this Ledebouria ‘Gary Hammer’ read in part “a whacked out version of the common squill, this Mexican form is better in foliage than in flower.” No doubt about it. Rosemary (not sure of the variety) Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodfruff) Sedum palmeri Saxifraga x urbium 'Aureopunctata' (London Pride), I cheated and took these pictures earlier in the week. Right before I cut all them off. They were just to busy! I know, I’m being a flower curmudgeon. But the truth is I’m feeling more in the mood for Foliage Follow-up this month than Bloomday. So come back tomorrow and I promise pretty plant pictures….and no curmudgeon.
(I almost forgot! For more flower-power visit May Dreams Gardens….our Bloomday hostess)