Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Don't Look

You know you're a gardener when your outdoors is cleaner than your indoors. Confession: I've spent so much time gardening lately that my house looks like crap. I keep telling myself, "Don't look" at all of the indoor to-dos. They will get done. They always do. Right now I've got gardening to do. 

Well, and blogging. It's been forever since I've posted photos. I've got a bunch of them so I'll keep my comments brief. If you have a question or comment, feel free to chime in.

Penstemon rupicola with Helianthemum 'Ben Ledi'

P. rupicola close up.

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

This one, lone Gardenia blossom overwintered and bloomed. Ah, the fragrance. I took this photo about a week ago but now the flower has faded. In a few months, the entire bush will be abloom. What a nice little spring surprise.

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'

Enkianthus campanulatus 'Showy Lanterns'

I'm going to move this poor Peony. It just isn't happy in this spot.

Paeonia tenuifolia

Quaking Grass is an annual grass reseeds. The roots are shallow so the plants are easy to pull and transplant into a pot (or feed to my cats). I will dry most of the seed heads though.

Quaking Grass (Briza maxima)

Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'

This Night Phlox is incredibly fragrant. I have it in a pot right at nose level.

Night Phlox (Zaluzianskya ovata)

Speaking of fragrance, this bush Lonicera is incredibly fragrant. I almost got rid of it a few years ago when it was in a bad spot. I'm so glad I didn't.

Lonicera syringantha

Jim was new last year. Despite reports of being an "easy to grow" plant, he pouted. This year he's happy. And so am I. 

Chiastrophyllum oppositifolium 'Jim's Pride'

My sister gave me a piece of this gorgeous hardy Geranium. My photo doesn't do it justice.

Geranium nodosum 'Whiteleaf'

In all my gardening years, I've never grown Jack-in-the-pulpit or Arisaema. This spring I decided to try a species. (There are several and the showier they are, the pricier they are.) I bought three bulbs of A. triphyllum from Prairie Moon Nursery. They arrived a few weeks ago and check them out. One is already blooming.

Arisaema triphyllum

 The Clematis are blooming. Well some of them are:

Clematis montana 'Broughton Star'

Clematis 'Polish Spirit' with Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' and Lonicera 'Gold Flame'

Clematis 'Polish Spirit with Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' and Lonicera 'Gold Flame'

I didn't move 'Proteus' like I told myself I should. Darn it. Wouldn't this be fabulous mingling with 'Polish Spirit' and 'Glasnevin'?  

Clematis 'Proteus'

Clematis 'Proteus'

More Clems:

Clematis 'Nubia'

Clematis 'Viva Polonia'

Clematis 'Viva Polonia' backside

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Red Star' with Blue Star Creeper

Weigela florida 'Variegata' in full, fragrant bloom

I saw this cool plant at Dancing Oaks last fall. I had to have it. 

Fringed Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia fimbriata)

 New plant for me... I love it!

Spiraea densiflora

There are a ton more plant photos but I'll save them for next time. Here area some wide shots:

Woodland border

Montia parviflora var. flagellaris and Oxalis crassipes 'Rosea'

Woodland border

Rheum palmatum var. tanguiticum

Shady path to the north part of the garden

Euphorbia stygiana

The blossoms on Euphorbia stygiana are incredibly fragrant! Think sweet honey... yum!

Euphorbia stygiana


Lychnis viscaria in full bloom

One of the nice things about spring flowers are the spring visitors. 

Painted Lady butterfly nectaring on Lychnis
 After two-plus weeks of sunshine, I'm glad we're finaly getting a bit of rain today. Maybe I'll even tackle the housework. Cheers!


  1. I'll need to check out the Euphorbia stygiana. Never heard of one with a nice fragrance. So many wonderful plants in your garden! The Solanum crispum is new to me this year, really lovely!! Thanks, wonderful post!

  2. What a beautiful collection of plants you have, Grace! I adore the Enkiathus but I've never even seen this genus locally. I recently planted the same Solanum crispum, though - if only I could get a Clematis to grow alongside mine.

  3. Your garden looks beautiful. Love the clematis too. They are so fun to grow and just seem to wrap around whatever is in their path. It is true about the inside verses the outside.(-: And my hands are stained with paint on top of the dirt stains. But things are about done and ready for summer here in my garden. Then it's maintaining through summer. We are going to be getting some much welcome rain for a few days so I will catch up inside!

  4. Haha - I know EXACTLY what you mean... Who has time to clean house??? When I do it, it's generally out of sheer embarrassment if someone is coming over. But yeah, not my favorite thing to do... Your garden looks fabulous in every way! I have a question about your Enkianthus... do you prune it to shape, or do you let it grow as it likes? Mine looks so odd with all its branches kind of going the same way, I'm wondering if I should prune, or train it to splay outwards more, or.... just ignore it. What do you do?

  5. WOWEE!! Your place is so colorful and enchanting! You inspire me.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

  6. Oh, thanks for posting photos! I always feel so happy when I visit your blog. I think it's the pretty pink tendencies, as well as the great pathways in your garden. Happy spring, Grace!


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