Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Hole in One

big clematis bud. Poor old Josephine. This the second of these little bug caves I've found. Fortunately there are a lot of buds, so I'm hoping this won't turn into too much of a problem.

Just wanted to show you some of the progress in the back garden. Where the front garden is bulbs and colour at the moment, the back is much quieter with its whites and greens.

Viburnum tomentosum just starting to bloom. This specimen came with the house, so it would be at least 50 years old. Standing just 8 feet tall, it's a great plant for a small shade garden.

New leaves on the ferns - again a camewiththehouse plant.

Always interesting to compare different cultivars. Above look at Athyrium 'Ghost' one of my all time favs just beginning to look like a fern.

Compared with much further ahead A. 'Lady in Red' - you can really understand why she got her name when you see her at this time of year.

I prefer to use botanical names when I can. Often find that common names are more of a nuisance than a help. Here is Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' - Solomon's Seal just starting to bloom. And below False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa. Looking at them at this stage, I really don't think they look anything alike - it would be like calling my cat Hercules, False Bart.

And my dear sweet Dicentra 'King of Hearts' looking quite dishy.

You must all be absolutely done about reading about how much I like Hellebore 'Ivory Prince'. It started to bloom in February (ok, it was just in bud). Look at it now. I cannot think of another perennial (there are some tropicals) that goes this jade-y colour. This is backyard Prince.

Here's front yard Prince.

The smelly Geraniums are about to start to bloom.

And, in short order I'll have wonderful Allium everywhere as their onion skins peel back from the blossom heads.

Maybe by the time they're out, I'll be able to get those annuals and new perennials into the garden and off the dining room table and back deck. Fingers crossed it won't be long now.


Northern Shade said...

We share many of the same favourites. I love the look of Athyrium 'Ghost'. Those light coloured fronds are fabulous in the darker areas, and many plants look good next to them. My 'Lady in Red' is still playing it safe, but I hope to see the emerging fronds soon.

I have some Polygonatum commutatum, which I adore, and have been looking at adding some P. odoratum 'Variegatum' to my front garden, for the little highlights as well as the delicious blooms.

I write about Hellebore 'Ivory Prince' a lot, too, because it looks so good through so many seasons. It always manages to sneak its flowers or leaves into so many pictures.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Barbara~~ The photo of your Dicentra is one of the best I've seen. Just gorgeous.

Barbarapc said...

NS We do indeed. You'll adore it, but give it room to spread. It is photogenic throughout the season - looking great right through to fall when it turns a cool colour of tan.
Grace - thank you - it is one of my all time favs - so very adaptable and so far...being nice and low, Bart hasn't managed to knock it down during one of his crazy runs.

Glädjekällan said...

You must have Summer allready! We still have Winter ;-)

Barbarapc said...

Birgitta - it all looks so warm and lovely, but we've got April in May - everything seems to have come to a halt. I bet once the warmth hits Sweden - we'll be in exactly the same place.