When you see the term "fun in the sun" you probably think of white-sand beaches and pool parties. But gardeners know that playing in the garden can be equally or in some cases (me!) much more enjoyable than lounging on the beach.
It looks like summer has arrived early here in the Pacific Northwest. We've had sunny weather with highs in the 70s and even 80s. Typically we don't see more than a scattering of nice days until the middle of July when the rain turns off and the temperatures turn up. But nobody is complaining! After several dreary, wet springs, this year is a welcome change.
|Here is a fragrant blossom on my poor, neglected Rosa rugosa bush.|
|My little pink-flowered 'Jeanne LaJoie' is just starting to bloom.|
|Wow, my camera really brought out the ruby highlights of Rosa glauca.|
I've got it planted with Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’and Bronze Fennel.
|I just love these Verbascums.|
|Not the best picture, this is Jasminium beesianum just starting to bloom.|
|I just love Dianthus! These guys have been in my garden forever |
and they never fail to dazzle me when they bloom.
|Calamintha grandiflora is also starting to bloom.|
I have two healthy plants but I think I need more
so I'm going to see if I can root some cuttings.
|I love the rosy buds and I should have a flower tomorrow!|
And yes, that is a Bishop's weed photo bomb. :)
|Anemonella thalictroides is still just a bitty thing so I'm keeping it in a container|
which I can now see needs a freshening up of the moss topdressing.
Funny the things you see with the camera's lens.
|The last of my Dutch Iris...planted years ago.|
|My Hydrangea serrata 'Omacha Nishiki' is such a beauty.|
And look at all those flower buds.
|This was a small plant last year when I purchased it so I kept it in a pot.|
I think it's about ready to go into the garden.
|I know many gardeners despise Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fens Ruby’ due to it's traveling prowess. But I really like the tiny, fragrant blossoms.|
|My Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is just beginning to bloom.|
I love these because they look pretty in bouquets for my desk at work.
|I planted seed a year ago and the plants sailed right through our wicked winter.|
|In a shady spot, my Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium) juts skyward |
as if to say, move aside, peeps, I'm coming up for air.
|I love this plant.|
|The goodies in my vintage wheel barrow are coming to life.|
|Here is the entire rusty, vintage vignette. The aforementioned wheel barrow is|
to the left, behind the sewing machine. You can only see the yellow Sedum 'Angelina.'
|This Hypericum (Hypericum androsaemum) is ruby-leaved progeny from|
the more lightly variegated H. a. 'Glacier.' Go figure.
It's kind of weird how these plants get to frolicking.
|This is a newbie this year. Geranium 'Victor Reiter.' The leaves, which are the|
best part of the plant, are actually a bit darker than they appear here.
|Yesterday, at the Corvallis Habitat for Humanity ReStore, I found this plant.|
Can you guess what it is?
Eryngium yuccafolium. $2.00. STEAL!
I asked my peeps on Facebook if I should go back for the two remaining pots
and got a resounding YES!
Commonly called Rattlesnake Master, it is a host for Swallowtail
butterfly larvae. More info can be found here.
|My in-ground planting of Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigra’) looked terrible.|
So I dug it up and planted it in two containers with
Sedum 'Angelina' for contrast. We'll see how it fares here.
And finally: A Confession
|But then I saw this at Home Depot. With multiple side-shoots|
and deep green foliage, it was the picture of health and vigor.
|Um, yeah. $7.00? .... I think I can do that.|
After all it's a PINK flower ! I'll plant it in a spot where I can protect it easily
should we get a repeat of last winter's arctic unpleasantness.
|So there you go. I'm officially part of the IT crowd now. Yay me.|
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'