Took scads of photos and deleted most of them except for a few close-ups and some establishing shots I'll use to i.d. things later in the season. Here's one of my old fav 'green' tulips. The timing is slightly askew. I would expect this blossom with a very bright chartreuse hosta that has just barely poked up. Perhaps they'll catch up with the warmer weather today.
And edges of the un-named new tulip. Almost looks like a double in the morning before the sun hits it.
I was lucky enough to join a group of garden writers who have been asked to trial 4 new woodies. This was Buddleia Lo & Behold Blue Chip a couple of days ago. A short butterfly bush - 60 cm - 2ft. Intended for pot culture - also makes a pretty purple ground cover if you want to spend some money. It is being sold as a low maintenance shrub. You don't have to deadhead the flowers. It started to bloom at the end of June and continued until frost.
Buddleia are treated like perennials here most years - they're killed almost to their base and must be whacked back before the leaves appear. In good years they will re bud on old wood. Generally, we don't get many of these 'good' years.
Was interested to see if the term 'low maintenance' might mean that I might be able to skip the spring trim. Alas, no. The little leaves that appeared two months ago crisped up and died. So following the advice of Tim Wood at Spring Meadow Nursery who organized the trial - I've now just cut everything back to the new growth. Tim says that in years to come, the plant will do better in the winter and there will be less die-back. Can't imagine a homeowner being too pleased to see so much dead on a supposedly easy care plant.
Hoping to get into the garden for at least an hour or so. Several of the came-with-the-house weed/wild flowers are on the rampage. There's a Campanula and this shade lover (pale purple flowers) that are set to take over. It's going to take a bit of time to get the roots out of this poor Hemerocallis. On their own, they're quite pretty....in the middle of my nice perennials, I'm starting to have violent thoughts of what I could do with one of those flaming propane weed gadgets. Not that I'd ever try.....I'd just think about it.