On the 21st crept outside to take a few shots. This is my front porch establishing shot - the one I refer back to year-to-year to see how the garden is progressing. The shot that follows the first was taken today - it's amazing what a drenching rain and a little warmth can do - quite miraculous.
This is a wee Dicentra culcularia after the rain. Not being able to get to these leaves was driving me mad earlier in the week - but when I look at this shot - reminder to self....this is a woodland plant and probably much happier unfurling its new shoots over a blanket of old leaves.
I was given this Fargesia 'Red Panda' to trial and was rather tough on it - this is the snow dump area (and I'm afraid probably a bit of salt). Came through the winter brilliantly......now can I trust it not to spread too much?
So exciting to see these little tulips - the first of the year!
Polemonium caeruleum 'Snow and Sapphires' - very reliable variegated Jacob's Ladder in my garden - really like the pinky leaves in the spring.
I'm being self indulgent here - but am thrilled to have these plants back. Had purchased them many years ago from The Perennial Gardens in British Columbia and they had dwindled to nothing after two years - left the tags in -and was thrilled to see that they've sprouted again and are going to delight me with a few flowers. It's too bad that they don't mail order any more - in addition to having really terrific plants - look at how their tags stand up (second shot)!
H. 'Ivory Prince', again.
Epimedium is one of my favourite woodlanders.
A pale lime-green Cotinus that I stuck in a pot and winter over in the garage - mainly because of the pot, not the plant.
I thought the squirrels had eaten all of these flowering quince buds.....but look.
More little species tulips.
i Hepatica after the rain.
A very cool little crocus that I've managed to lose the tag for - have it right by the front step so I can see it when I come and go.
Abeliophyllum distichum - or White Forsythia - note how it's neither white, nor a forsythia - has a wonderful scent as well. Hopefully will have a day or two to work on a better shot. Colour representation is fairly accurate.
I was never a pink girl, but I've really come around. This smallish shrub is green for the rest of the summer, but there's lot's of other things going on here in this bed to compensate.