April, already! This is the time of year when you dare not blink or you'll miss something. Plants are waking up, stretching and smelling the coffee in the form of warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. It is my favorite time of the year with everything still fresh and new and alive with promise. Except for my 'Chandler' blueberry plant which looks scary-sad. But we won't discuss that today. Instead we'll, enjoy the positive.
Taking advantage of the "free shipping" in February, I purchased several plants from Annie's Annuals. Included in the lot was Eccremocarpus scaber 'Pink Lemonade'. Look! It has already started blooming!
|Eccremocarpus scaber 'Pink Lemonade'|
It's still in a pot because I was worried about a late frost. With the predicted 85 degrees (F) predicted for Thursday, I'm thinking we might be finished with any cold threats for the season. So, where to plant it...
Boxed tulip bulbs from Winco (grocery store) last fall are vibrant and lovely and fabulous!
|This tulip has been in the garden for several years,|
despite my consistently errant trowel.
One of my favorite shrubs, Lonicera tatarica 'Arnold Red' has been in my garden since 2001. It never fails to wow me with its fragrant, spring flowers.
|Lonicera tatarica 'Arnold Red'|
Every year I have a little contest to see which of my rose bushes will bloom first. This year, the award goes to this little thing--Rosa chinensis 'Angel Wings'. I grew it from seed last year. It was surprisingly easy.
|Rosa chinensis 'Angel Wings'|
|The 'Angel Wings' rose bush, about 2 1/2 feet wide and tall.|
Last year I purchased two of these cute, white-flowered Primulas for a shady border. They are performing really well.
|Primula sieboldii 'Late Snow'|
My only surviving Loropetalum is blooming right on cue. I'm not sure which species it is. But it doesn't really matter because it's perty.
I've also finally figured out how to grow all the new Daphnes being introduced to willing gardeners--leave them the **** alone! No transplanting, no over-primping... just plant it and sit back.
|Daphne x rollsdorfii 'Wilhelm Stacht'|
Only one new Clematis vine (so far this year). Typically I go for summer-blooming varieties, but this cute spring-bloomer had me at first sight.
|Clematis alpina 'Constance'|
I LOVE the genus Dianthus. Here is the first bloom of the year. I'm not sure which variety because I have so many.
Visiting my sister in Woodburn last month, I purchased this cute Viola at Al's Garden Center. It's super fragrant. Although it's a hybrid, I hope it will reseed and come true.
|Viola x 'Hip Hop'|
Speaking of fragrance, oh goodie! It's almost time to perfume the room with Lily of the Valley blossoms.
|My containerized Lily of the Valley plants... Convallaria majalis|
I'm loving the foliage on my 'Lemon Wave' Hydrangea.
|Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Wave'|
But, my favorite Hydrangea foliage is on Hydrangea 'O Amacha Nishiki'.
|Hydrangea serrata 'O Amacha Nishiki'|
I know Plume Poppy is a spreader but I love it anyway...
|Macleaya cordata or Plume Poppy|
|Ultra-compact, Acer palmatum 'Ben Hime'|
|Persicaria runcinata 'Purple Fantasy'|
I love the fuzzy foliage on this little Salix...
|Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina|
I'm seeing 'Spotty Dotty' Podophyllum all over now. It wasn't that long ago when I thought it was "rare." Such a cool plant for the shade garden.
|Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'|
And now, lookie! Flower buds...
Look at all the white leaves on my Fatsia 'Spider's Web'
|Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'|
Fortunately I'm finally seeing some green on my hardy Banana. I was starting to think it was a gonner.
|Musa veluntia 'Dwarf Orinoco'|
And now for some yard shots:
For about the past year or so I've been collecting river rocks. I really like green jasper or other green-hued ones. For now, they're making their new home right here along this border.
|The White-Striped bug master.|
|The neighbor's dog Tucker.|
I hope you're enjoying your gardens!