Springish Showers Bring Lots of Flowers

Foxglove Detail 2012

It has been so warm and rainy, this March and April saw an explosion of color in our front flower beds.

Front Flower bed

Front Flower bed

The snapdragons- which are supposed to be annuals according to Home Depot- have survived another winter and are HUGE!

Lovely Pink Explosion Snapdragon

Lovely Pink Explosion Snapdragon

For a couple of weeks, the pink snapdragons were just bushes of color.  I loved it!  If they act like they did last year, they will rebloom again later in the summer, and again in the fall.

Giant Blooming Snapdragon

Giant Blooming Snapdragon

I have a couple different pinks, and a few dark reds.  The dark reds are going crazy right now, now that the pinks have dialed it back.  Over Easter weekend, I planted a bunch more snapdragons in the beds in the hopes that within a few years, they will be just as big as these.  I’m not exactly sure what I did to make the snapdragons stay alive and get so big- but I hope I keep doing it!

Columbine

Columbine

In the center front flower bed, I also planted a Columbine.  I think it’s really beautiful, and should hopefully grow to be about 2 to 3 feet tall.  Although right now, it is sort of hidden by the mass of primrose.

I also have a foxglove that has come back again for the third year, and it is just as tall and lovely as last year.

Foxglove 2012

Foxglove 2012

One subtle difference I noticed this year-  the flowers are a creamy, pale yellow and not lavender!

Foxglove Detail 2012

Foxglove Detail 2012

For a comparison, here is last year’s foxglove:

A Detail of Foxglove blooms

Foxglove 2011

Does anyone know what would cause this?  I did a quick search but did not come up with any answers.

One other flowers that has been doing very well in the front is the sweet william:

Sweet William

Sweet William

It never really stopped blooming over the winter, but it looked very meek compared to the number of blooms now.  It looks a little messy in the bed right now, but there are very few weeds in there.  Most of the weedy looking greenery is the primrose.  I pulled a bunch of the primrose out this year, to make room for the columbine and to try to make it look a little neater.  It is a very aggresive plant!

In the back, the daylillies I transplanted, along with a salvia I planted are doing OK.  They are not looking great, and I’m a little worried about them.  I think my soil might be too heavily compacted clay.  But, the bee balm next to the house is coming back well.

Emerging Bee Balm

Emerging Bee Balm

I love looking at all the color — and this fall I think I’m going to start doing some serious planting in the backyard meadow so that I will have some more interest out there.  Gotta keep those bees happy!

 

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