FINALLY A PLANT SHOPPING trip! My first of the season, if you can believe that. My garden buddies and I took a trip to Dancing Oaks Nursery today. And wouldn't you know it, the first day of rain in almost, what? Two, three weeks? But what's a little rain, right? With multitudes of blooming beauties to gawk over, I hardly noticed the rain. I took exactly 115 photos but narrowed it down to 37. My apologies for not knowing the identities of many of these.
|This is a Pimpinella, a pink, spring-flowering Queen Anne's Lace-looking beauty.|
I tried growing it twice but it doesn't like my crowded garden.
|This is a pink-flowering Hawthorn. The "tree" was a 3 foot dwarf and very cool.|
|This is some type of Muscari, right?|
|Allium with Geum 'Prairie Smoke' behind it.|
|This is a newer selection of Viburnum. The picture doesn't do it justice.|
|Dancing Oaks has many raised rock garden-type beds. Mid-May is a great time to see them.|
|My garden buddy Carol bought this Sedum. I can't remember the cultivar name. Love that color!|
|This dangerous-looking plant reminded me of Loree.|
|Clematis 'fremontia' stays short, (no staking required) and in spring has these bell-shaped flowers.|
|I love baby Hens & Chicks.|
|More Rock Garden Love!|
|I'm pretty sure these are Eremuris or Foxtail Lily but it seems early for them to be blooming|
so I could be wrong.
|This Podophyllum took my breath away.|
|This Hosta was a bright spot in an otherwise dark area.|
|Fred and Leonard know how to do Lewisias!|
|You've got to love this little gem of a Japanese Maple. Below is the entire "tree." So precious!|
|This is some kind of Cistus with Soapwort (Saponaria) snaking through it.|
|Variegated Lunaria. That foliage, ooh that foliage!|
|One of the many shady nooks hidden within the garden.|
|I'm pretty sure this is an Enkianthus.|
|Situated just a few feet from the Enkianthus was this sweet Columbine.|
|A variegated Rhododendron.|
|Too early yet for the bloomers along the allee.|
|This shrubby Maple is a real eye-catcher.|
|I don't know what this little creeper is but it's pink!|
|These stacked troughs were fun to look at.|
|This photo has not been photoshopped or altered in any way.|
Is that pink, or what?
|The Alliums were amazing!|
|Alliums with 'Bill Wallis' Hardy Geranium|
|Another unaltered photo. How's that for bright red?|
|No shortage of delights.|
|This is one of the raised water bowls. It's not crooked. The photographer is. Sorry.|
|Ornamental Rhubarb! Is that not just outstanding?|
I only bought three plants, if you can believe that. A Lobelia tupa, Lobelia laxiflora, both are Zone 8-9 plants so it's a gamble. And I bought a cute little Oxalis with raised flower stems. I'll post a photo of it next time.
So what is your favorite?