I don't believe I've ever featured Rheum palmatum as a favorite plant, but it is. And this just might be my favorite stage...
Dark purple leaves emerging from a papery lifeless "stump"...
Felty wrinkled fists...
With furry pink undersides.
As I photographed the rheum I became distracted by the Fatsia japonica's new growth.
Then I noticed the bright yellow-green spring foliage on the Ponciris trifoliata.
Then I realized there are a few blooms! We might see fruit this year!
You know where this post is going right? How can I be expected to write about a favorite or two when the entire garden is springing to life? So let's just say I've got a lot of favorites this month, deal?
Remember the echium rescue last August? Sadly the ones I planted in the ground didn't survive winter (21F is just touch too cold). Out of the original haul of 16 there are 6 that made it. They were in planted up in nursery pots and sunk into the soil in one of the stock-tank planters in the drive way. When the coldest temperatures were predicted I lifted them and brought them indoors.
They were planted out in the garden a couple weeks ago. Will they bloom this year, or will they provide those big silver/green rosettes I love so? Only time will tell.
The plastic looking foliage of Podophyllum 'Red Panda' continues to expand.
The Podophyllum pleianthum are catching up quickly.
The are one of the "funnest" plants to watch emerge.
The very funnest has got to be the Syneilesis aconitifolia, I know I just shared an image of these last week but they're bigger and there's more of them!
The best pleated foliage in the garden belongs to the Veratrum Californicum.
The Podophyllum peltatum is spreading like mad. That's not a bad thing, yet.
I forgot how green the new foliage on Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue' is.
Ditto for the new foliage of Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'...
It's more of a yellow with hints of brown for the Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'.
Hosta 'Samual Blue' emerge with purple tips.
I'm glad to see the Geranium phaeum 'Samobor' coming back so healthy. Last summers heat and dry conditions kind of did a number on it.
New foliage on Leptospermum lanigerum.
And the blooms are opening on the Magnolia laevifolia!
I love the new growth on Eriobotrya japonica, both it's light green color and upright stance.
Especially exciting this year is that it's up over the fence, yay! (the metal containers are upside down to keep the rain out).
The hunk of Persicaria runcinata 'Purple Majesty' that Scott shared with me last year has really taken off!
And what a happy accident that I planted it near the Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl', they flatter each other don't you think?
This one has me very happy! Acanthus syriacus, a purchase from Joy Creek during the GB Fling, I thought summers heat had killed it before it had a chance to take hold.
I can't remember if this is Pittosporum illiciodes 'Fine Green' or Pittosporum illicioides 'Strappy', whichever it's going to bloom!
Daphniphyllum macropodum v. humile
Daphniphyllum himalaense ssp macropodum 'Variegated'
And we'll end here, with the Macleaya cordata. I planted a couple near the fence last summer, looks like it's already spreading. That little bit in the lower left corner is new. I should probably warn my neighbor that she might see some on her side soon! As always with the monthly favorites wrap-up please share links (below in the comments) to any posts you've done on plants you're appreciating in your garden this month. Or if you're not a blogger just tell us about them!
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