Tuesday, April 7, 2015

And The Winner Is...

Every spring I sit back and watch to see which rose bush will be the first to put forth a blossom. This year, the winner is Rosa mutabilis.

Rosa mutabilis, the first rose blossom in my 2015 garden! 

Weigela florida 'Variegata' is about to bloom! One of my favorite shrubs. 

A new Phlox. I've already misplaced the tag, dang it.
Oh, found it. Phlox subulata x stolonifera 'Paparazzi Lindsay' 

My pink lilac... Syringa meyeri x microphylla 'Tinkerbell' 

Delopserma cooperi 'Jewel of Desert Ruby' 

Geranium phaeum 'Samobar' 

Stipa barbata with a volunteer viola

Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' is blooming

Kalmiopsis leachiana is really putting on a show this year. 

Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Red Bells' is happy. 

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' is one of the best Heucheras in my garden.
Unlike so many that I've lost over the years, this one seems to be impervious to root weevils (knock on wood). 

Love the Solomon's Seal's crispy, clean foliage.  

A first bloom on Saxifraga x geum 'Dentata' 

Hakonechloa with a few volunteers--Hypericum, Viola and Impatiens. 
I'm very pleased with how my brick terrace experiment is working out. It's much more interesting than a boring old lawn.  

I love how all the different sedums are mingling with the creeping thyme.
I didn't have the heart to pull out the volunteer English daisy. 

The golden 'Angelina' is extremely happy. 

Well that's about it for this week. Actually I've got about fifty more photos I could show you but I'll save those for next week. Happy spring, everybody! 


  1. Wow, spring is happening with abandon in your lovely gardens.

    I love your brick terrace. It is really interesting and delightful.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

  2. My new climber 'Lady Banks' is the first to bloom , tiny as they are !
    I love your brick terrace. It's lppks like it's always been there.

  3. Your brick terrace already looks like it's been there forever. I would have left the English daisy there too. That red Pulsatilla is a pretty color.

  4. So great seeing you on Monday! When you come in May I want to take you to a local nursery that is a few blocks from me- Pierce Street Garden. She sells in front of her house. Many of the plants are "saved" from different gardens. I just bought some Solomon Seal from her yesterday.

  5. Wow! Your brick terrace looks just amazing, well done!

  6. Hello Grace
    Always wonderful things in the garden
    it's nice all these plants
    Bye - Christine

  7. Of all the beautiful plants you photographed, I fell in love with that Saxifraga. I look forward to your next set of photos.

  8. That terrace garden is something special, Grace. I might have to borrow the concept. I love it! Your Syringa meyeri reminds me of the beauty to come--I have a lilac-colored one that blooms here in May. It smells heavenly!

  9. Gracie girl your garden is looking wonderful (grumble grumble) LOL
    I love that brick terrace with all that gorgeous sedum ... YES ! far better than the grass ...
    We had some snow yesterday ... and freezing rain last night ... now it is supposed to rain but who knows ... we are in the Twilight Zone of WINTER "will not give it up" area ... so the fight continues.
    I am so sick of Y & R .... argh !!!

  10. Grace, I have never seen a lilac that pink! Tinkerbell, you say? I'll have to look into that. I'm a nut for lilacs. I tend to have mine all in the triple light lavender to the darkest variety I've ever found called "Glory." Do you cut back any of your lilac trees—say 1/3 a year to keep them from getting too tall? I'm trying to get mine to become bushier and less tall (so I can each to make bouquets!)

  11. Must be gratifying to see your vision come together so quickly with the brick terrace. It looks fabulous, as does everything else.

  12. Love that "Samobar" Exquisite! Isn't it fun to walk out every morning this time of year to see how fast the plants are growing? Your fantastic garden is coming alive with splendor as usual.

  13. Your spring is looking lovely!

  14. Oh I do love your non-traditional "lawn"! It's turning out so well.

  15. I love that you're a total plant hoarder, like me. ;)


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