"Slow down!" This is what I'd like to say, not just to the cars speeding down my street, but to Mother Nature too. I love this time of year and I don't want it to end too quickly, dang it. Each evening after work I spend at least an hour walking the garden paths, unwinding and looking for opportunities to putter and create. Even when I'm not in the garden, my mind is ruminating on ways to improve a little troubling scenario--which is code for "bare dirt."
I've been taking lots of photos. Here are the highlights.
|Years ago I "rescued" two clumps of Pacific Coast Iris from the roadside.|
After the initial culture shock, they settled in and now bloom reliably every year.
They're so delicate and sweet. But tough as nails. Kind of like me. Ha, ha.
|Antennaria dioica Pink Pussy Toes is a newbie this year. |
It's one of those plants that I look at and say, "Where have you been all my life?"
|Astrantia major ‘Ruby Wedding’ is just getting started. Whenever I see it,|
I think of Scott Weber, the exceedingly talented Portland gardener, photographer
and proud new owner of Lil Sebastian.
|Incarvillea delavayi or Hardy Gloxinia is also a newbie I couldn't resist while|
rummaging through the plant offerings at a local nursery.
It will go dormant in mid-summer.
Now, I want to buy its summer-blooming cousin, I. olgae.
|Heuchera 'Paris' has remained in this same pot since I bought it several years ago.|
It blooms all summer and the foliage is nice too.
Definitely one of the most reliable Heucheras for me.
|I guess I bought a bunch of Allium 'Purple Sensation' last fall...|
|...because they're blooming all over the place.|
Here, they're inter-planted with Phlox paniculata that will bloom in July.
|Camas (Camassia quamash) are just finishing up.|
The native bumble bees really go for these native plants.
Makes me happy.
|Melittis melissophyllum has really outdone itself this, its second year.|
It makes me think of Barry, Canadian shade-gardener extraordinaire.
Thank you for introducing me to this lovely plant, Barry.
|Phlox pilosa or as multi-talented Tennessee gardener Gail Eichelberger, likes to call|
PPPP--Practically Perfect Pink Phlox is also all abloom.
Gail graciously shared this plant with me several years ago. Gail is awesome.
|I purchased Geranium ‘Birch Double’ last fall. It's not a rambunctious geranium |
but these flowers are so nice.
|Jacob's Ladder, (Polemonium caeruleum ‘Apricot Delight’) grows in a container under my patio covering. |
This way the rain and hail don't smash its delicate stems and flowers to smithereens.
|Verbascum 'Helen Johnson' is not delicate but top-heavy. It will|
flop without a little help from mankind.
|I bought one plant of Silene robotii ‘Roly’s Favorite’ back in 2008.|
I let it go to seed and its progeny have made themselves very at home in my garden.
The flowers are pink so, of course, it can stay.
|Speaking of pink, my Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’ is "blooming." This tree is also a gift from my garden|
buddy Carol. It's in a pot. Eventually it's going to need a permanent home.
I'm not going to think about that right now.
|Thalictrum aquilegifolium “Meadow Rue” has also seeded in my garden. |
Here is one of the offspring blooming with
Weigela florida 'Variegata' blossoms in the background.
|I captured this photo just last evening. |
How perfect is the Japanese Blood Grass, (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’)
with back-lighting from the evening sunshine?
|Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock' is in its second year.|
The leaves aren't very bronzy but there are no slug holes so it's all good.
|Also in its second year, Syneilesis aconitifolia. Only three leaves. I'm so dang impatient. |
But at least it's healthy, right?
|The leaves on Parthenocissus henryana "Silver-Vein Creeper" make me sooooo happy. |
Because this guy is planted in a really shady spot, I wasn't sure if the "silver" veination
would show up or if the whole leaf would look green. I needn't have worried.
|Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ is another gift from Carol. Look at how robust it is this year.|
|Sword and Lady Ferns, Fallopia (Polygonum cuspidatum ‘Variegata’) and Lamium 'Ghost'|
situated by my pond, under the Japanese maple tree.
| Hosta 'Sum & Substance', Persicaria 'Red Dragon' and Aucuba japonica 'Gold Dust'|
playing well together under the pear tree, with a few more pink Silene blossoms photo-bombing.
|Hosta 'Sum & Substance' looks better than ever this year.|
This photo doesn't show how huge it is so you'll have to take my word for it.
Oh, almost forgot.
Congrats to Eileen Hanley of Gatsby Gardens who is the winner of
the random drawing for a copy of my book
Grace in the Garden.
Thank you to all who entered.