I admit that I'm a hopelessly-pathetic-pink-flower-fanatic. Pink flowers alter my brain chemistry, mess with my synapses and serotonin and dopamine levels. But it's not just pink. I love red and purple too. And here is a photo to prove it.
|Geranium pyrenaicum 'Summer Sky'|
A few years ago, I purchased seed of Geranium pyrenaicum 'Summer Sky.' It germinated easily and the plants were blooming a few months later. Like many geraniums, 'Summer Sky' self-sows nicely.
|The flowers are smaller than a lot of its more prominent cousins but they come|
prolifically all spring, summer and fall.
Awhile back I saw a photo of Oregon's native Oxalis oregana Tamara's blog "Chickadee Gardens." It was so lovely, that when I spotted the plant at a sale last fall, I got one. Here is one of its sweet blooms.
|Armeria maritima 'Victor Reiter' is blooming. I love this little critter.|
|I know Vinca minor is a thug but I keep mine in a hanging pot. Besides its early-spring|
blossoms are charming, especially at eye-level.
Okay now for a little pink!
Last August I purchased Lathyrus vernus on sale at Sebright Gardens. Its first blooms are popping out right on schedule. Yes, they're pink and I'm on a natural high! Typically Lathyrus blossoms are more purple so I'm thinking I must have the 'Alboroseus' cultivar, which of course I like even more than the purple one!
|Lathyrus vernus 'Alboroseus'|
|In case you're wondering, the white mess in the background are fallen petals from the neighboring |
Star Magnolia. (Magnolia stellata)
|Lamium maculatum 'Chequers' is a magnet for big fat bumblebees.|
I'm not crazy about the flowers on this Rock Cress (Arabis variegata) but the foliage is outstanding. A year-round, ground-hugging carpet of green and white. I love it.
Just don't do what I did and confuse this Arabis with Silene uniflora 'Druett's Variegated' which, has similar foliage but, in my experience, melts into nothing during the winter then makes a very shy comeback the following year. Notice I have no photo to share.
I succumbed to Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink' last spring at Dancing Oaks. It protested whenever the sun hit it and I really wondered if it was going to die. But it lived and look at it this year!
There you have it. Is it spring where you are? (Or summer in the case of Kris.) Are you seeing green yet?