Just a stroll around the garden. My flowering plants have always been kind of spread out – not grouped together all that much, so when I go around and take pics of everything that’s flowering I’m always shocked!
Let’s start with the Clematis. I think Grace and I agreed the other day that this could well be ‘Elsa Spath’ (it came with the house so we’ll never know for sure but the description fits very well).
My sister gave me this blueberry and it’s extremely floriferous!
These pansies seeded themselves (from a hanging basket two years ago) into this pot with the grape and have been happily blooming away for months now.
Dwarf Korean Lilac – Syringa meyeri – is just starting its fragrant flower show. I love its super-cute cupped leaves. Excellent fall color, too!
I let all that broccoli go to seed and the bees are having a ball.
Aptly named Polygonatum odoratum smells lovely, a very interesting scent. You really have to get down low to smell it, though!
My one Rhododendron. I kind of want to keep this one… Kind of. There were two others against the east wall of the house which we removed last year – they were so infested with lace bugs and bud blast and they were coarse and not fun to be around on the patio. This one has some lace bugs too, but it’s not as bad. I pruned it pretty hard last year, so it’s not covering itself with flowers like usual, but I think it’s healthier overall.
Speaking of covering self with flowers. This is my neighbor’s and it’s very fragrant. It WAFTS.
Look at the lusciousness.
This next plant never ceases to amaze me. It started blooming in January, and look:
Pelargonium ‘Vancouver Centennial’ bloomed indoors over the winter, and it’s been adjusting to outdoor life for several weeks now by coloring up its leaves with anthocynanin. It was much lighter over the winter (pic from November).
Little Limnanthes is so cheery! I kind of like this with that weird orange Heuchera (upper right).
And then there’s this old girl. This won’t stop until frost.
Here’s my plan with that Salvia, and yeah, hold me to this, would you? I’ve planted a few things around it that, once they grow a bit, will allow me to drastically reduce the size of the Salvia or move it/remove it (most likely the latter because this color of flowers is damned hard to work with and it’s not what I really want here). But until then, I’m going to just prune it as needed to allow those other plants some space. I kind of like how it’s a weird shape right now which you can only see from the other side (I tried, but could’t get a convincing picture – you have to see it in person). Maybe I should think of it as a sculpture.
Moving on – more pansies in a pot! Survivors from last year’s Mother’s Day event.
My third Geranium to bloom this year (three more to go) (unless I buy more plants, which I will).
The other geraniums are G. macrorrhizum and G. pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’ and you can see them both in this post.
This little Geum rivale just won’t quit and I find it kind of irresistably cute.. It’s really doing well this year. I might have to move it to where it can get more water over the summer. It survived here last year, but I might have been watering it constantly (I don’t remember).
Lavender #1 is off to a great start! Nothin yet from #2.
I like this little Euphorbia. It’s very delicate and seems to only seed around very lightly. So far. We’ll see.
Almost at the end, we’re over in the forgotten zone where the pile of wood chips almost buried this Ornithogalum, which I find very aptly named – see how the mass of flowers looks like an umbel?
I wish it had better foliage, but that’s what cover-up plants are for!
I don’t think I ever took a picture of this CWTH* lily-flowered tulip (which lasted for EVER by the way), but isn’t it just the epitome of absolute decadence right now? I weirdly love tulips when they’re falling apart. My friend Carol taught me to appreciate them in this state a million years ago, and it has stuck with me. The parrot tulips are the best. I should grow them just for that.
I’ll end with the most stunning flowering plant of all right now. This thing lights up my whole street and I love it when it flowers. I hope my neighbors do too as they drive by.
Update for Alison! Yes, Geum rivale has pretty nifty seed heads, though they’re not as flamboyant as G. triflorum: