Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm Positively Giddy!

I'm always giddy about gardening but this year, with everything shaping up so early, I'm like a cat in a mouse factory! And of course, it doesn't hurt that there is so much pink going on. I'm not talking about pink flowers but pink other parts. Here is an example: 
Look at the luscious petioles on this Euphorbia NOID. (I think it was once a 'Blackbird' but sort of reverted. 


The weather gods have been so kind to us here in the Pacific Northwest. Typically the white-flowered lilac bush (pictured below) is in full bloom on my hubby's birthday... April 15th. But you can see here that blossoms are present. Three weeks early.

Not the best photo... but you can see the white lilacs. 
Mine is a summer garden so there aren't a lot of flowers at this point. But the foliage colors on several plants rival any flower. Here are some examples.

Look at the colors on this wire vine. (Muehlenbeckia axilaris 'Tri-Color')

These leaves are teensy-tiny, about the size of your pinkie fingernail. It took about six-thousand tries for
me to get two decent photos. Don't you love digital photography?

Sobaria sobarifolia 

Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin' 

Heuchera 'Green Spice' 

Persicaria 'Painter's Palette' 

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' 

Fallopia japonica 'Variegata' 

Hypericum x moserianum 'Tri-Color' 

But I'm perfectly fine with plants that don't have any pink. For instance,
this Solomon's Seal (Polygonum sp.) looks so elegant unfolding her pure green finery. 
And finally a few spring bloomers... 
Lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Reginald Kaye') and Corydalis flexuosa 'Blackberry Wine' 

I'm excited to see the first blossoms on this new Daphne. (Daphne x rollsdorfii 'Wilhelm Stacht'
I purchased it last summer. The flowers are actually much darker than my camera captured.
They're closer to the color of the buds, on the left. I'm so happy with this plant. 

My tiny Kalmiopsis leachiana is blooming. 

Finally, my favorite Daffy is blooming right now. Narcissus 'Geranium' has the sweetest fragrance.