From our own indefatigable and ever-obliging WaterGirl:
Spring flowers are long gone, but summer has arrived!
Top pic: This is the round bed in front, and this picture was taken a few weeks ago. It will be a couple of weeks before the bed is showy again with hydrangea and coneflower blooms.
The peonies you see are gone, but here they are in a vase. I almost could have had a Martha Stewart look for a minute, don’t you think?
But no, my white cotton pandemic gloves were in the picture – on the floor of the porch, no less! They had been in quarantine on the porch – and they had apparently blown onto the floor. This is why I am a terrible photographer; all I see if a sweet pup or kitty, or a beautiful flower, and everything else is invisible to my eye. But not to the camera lens, of course.
We always get a big rain on the day after all the full peonies come into bloom. This time I was at least smart enough, first thing in the morning after a nighttime of rain, to cut a bunch of the stems that were dragging to the ground, weighted with all the rain, so I could enjoy them in a vase. Next year, I hope to be smart enough to cut them right before the rain starts, because I think the cut blooms will last longer if they haven’t been beat up by the rain.
My painted fern is happy again this year, and I always try to pair them with the blackberry ice huechera, for what I hope are obvious reasons. Two years ago, after being in the ground for at least 5 years, it suddenly got very unhappy, and it looked like it wouldn’t make it. I dug it up, figuring I would pot it for a bit so I could move it to the convalescent area on the patio until it recovered. Everything loves that side patio area that gets dappled sun. But it fell into 4 pieces when I tried to move it, so I ended up with 4 pots. They all did really well, so this one (the biggest piece) got moved back to the original location, and all is right with the world again.
My blushing bride hydrangea has 2 blooms so far, hopefully with lots more to come! If the color came through in the photo, you’ll see that it’s called blushing bride because the flowers are white, but with the palest pink blush. That’s one of my favorite colors in the garden, as you’ll soon see.
I don’t know the exact name of this mandevilla, but it has the same blushing color. The flower starts out the palest pink, and then turns to white with a yellow center.
And again, these double impatience might look white at first glance, but it is also the palest pink color. I don’t do much in the way of annuals these days, but I always have this tiny pot of blushing white double impatiens in the chair.
And I always plant a big pot of double impatiens in this same brown pot. That’s how I get my dose of the showiness you get with annuals.
These sundrops originally came from my mom, who has been gone for 35 years. My mom called them buttercups, but the Google calls them sundrops. I have had them in multiple locations over the years. I have them in 3 different spots, just so that if something goes terribly wrong in one spot, I can always have them. Always. (You know what they say about IT people, they were belts and suspenders.)
My sisters and multiple nieces have gone home from my house with a freshly-dug batch so they can have my mom’s flowers at their houses, too.
I bought 3 of these plants in 2-inch pots in 2016. It was very slow-going at first, because they were advertised as full sun, and that was a total lie. I nursed them along that first year, totally boring, just tiny little green plants with no flowers, and gave one of the plants to my best friend to bring in over the winter. Hers didn’t make it, but my two did. In 2018, after two different failed locations, I finally moved them to their current location and they started to flower. I LOVE this plant. It has to be overwintered, but it’s totally worth it. The same is true of the madevilla.
Purple Coneflower, Lilies, Black-Eyed Susan, and Allium
This is the main section where things are happening in my backyard at the moment. Though I do have fire & ice hydrangea, veronica, bee balm, and more that will have their own time to shine as the summer goes on.
This clematis was here when I moved in 35 years ago. It’s one of the classic varieties – Jack Something-or-Other. The previous owner had it growing on a piece of chain link fence that was hung in front of the window. Not exactly picturesque! I managed to salvage enough for it to survive when I got rid of the hanging fence, and I replaced the fence with the crisscross wood lattice that you see everywhere. Many years later, that broke in a storm, and I spent many hours untangling the vines from the lattice. But it was worth it. It blooms every year, peaking just in time for my birthday. This is the view from outside, at its peak. It’s always my first Happy Birthday of the year.
We had a photo of the ferns in the Spring Unfolding Garden Chat, but they are even taller now, so I thought you might like to see them.
What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?