This Week in the Garden – May 24

This week in the garden, well the last two anyway, has continued to show me new blooms. It’s exciting for me to ‘discover’ flowering plants, but it’s also fun to anticipate what I know is coming back…

Smoke Tree or Cotinus

Smoke Tree or Cotinus

The much awaited “smoke” has started to rise from the Smoke Tree or Cotinus.

Smoke Tree flowers

Smoke Tree flowers

Smoke Tree 'Smoke'

Smoke Tree ‘Smoke’

I love the puffy little clouds of light pink billowing from the top. Martha Stewart Living magazine had a great little article on these wonderful plants this month.

Baptisia or False Indigo

Baptisia or False Indigo

Growing right next to it was a lone Baptisia or False Indigo plant. I do not recall seeing these pretty little flowers last year, but it is possible I had since I pinned a picture of Baptisia. Or I could have just been wishing to have some and now it turns out I have some!

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Nearby are some snapdragons I planted last fall. I was so happy to see them make it- my other two died. I think I may have neglected them too much and an animal helped dig one up.

Pink Peonies

Pink Peonies

Also in the front yard, the pink Peonies at the end of the driveway peaked last week. Last year I just had one stalk with three pretty blooms, and this year it exploded! I love how they look and I’m happy to see more of them. I added a little wire cage for support- once they start blooming they just can’t hold themselves up.

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

Bletilla or Hardy Orchid

Bletilla or Hardy Orchid

The Hardy Orchid’s (Bletilla) are out in full now, and have the most vibrant color.

Hardy Orchid flower

Hardy Orchid flower

Riot of color on the Mahonia

Riot of color on the Mahonia

Moving around to the side yard, the color on the Mahonia drew my attention. The stems for the berries were a hot pink color, with some areas more dark purple.

Flowers in the Veggie Patch

Flowers in the Veggie Patch

Even though the columbine are slowing down and most have gone to seed now, there’s still plenty of color in the veggie patch. The roses are still going strong, there’s some Hardy Orchids in the very back, Siberian Iris in the middle, and up front a pretty pink foxglove (Digitalis).

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris

Here’s a detail of the Siberian Iris.

Amsonia

Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’

Nearly hidden in the veggie patch is the Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’. I’m pretty sure that’s what it is because I remember seeing a tag for it in the box. It has been so helpful for me to have the resource of the box of plant tags! I don’t recall seeing the blooms of this last year, but I do remember the foliage–I think I just missed seeing it.

Clematis

Clematis

Near the patch, this drooping Clematis is blooming. It’s so delicate!

Clematis on the roses

Clematis on the roses

And this Clematis just started blooming on the Fourth of July Roses.

Fourth of July Roses

Fourth of July Roses

Fourth of July Roses detail

Fourth of July Roses detail

I think I did well with trimming this year, but I want to learn to be better at it.

Englantyne Roses

Eglantyne Roses

Lots of Eglantyne roses this year.

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia Sweetspire

Back behind the birdbath, this sweetspire is blooming nicely. I haven’t had a chance to try and get really close to get a good detail of those flowers yet.

Goutweed

Goutweed

Overtaking the hill and the birdbath is some goutweed (also seen here with Houttuynia). Even though it can be aggressive, I think it can be pretty. I don’t mind keeping it around, but I’ll just have to also keep it in check.

Bugs on Goutweed

Bugs on Goutweed

One morning while out taking pictures, I saw all these bugs on this one flower head- does anyone know what they are?

Flowering Sedum

Flowering Sedum

This small creeping sedum, also around the birdbath, is blooming. I would love to have more of this stuff- and it stays “green’ all winter long (more or less).

After - A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

This shot is from last fall when I planted Phenomenal Lavender–it’s grown quite a bit in the last 8 months.

Phenomenal Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender May 2015

Some of those spikes are at least two feet tall! This plant has grown very quickly, and is as advertised!

Hidecote Lavender

Hidecote Lavender

I also re-potted this Hidecote Lavender I bought last Spring and had out front. It did OK but I wasn’t totally happy with the location or the pot. This is feeling much better for now.

Platinum Blonde Lavender

Platinum Blonde Lavender

A couple of weeks ago we went to Lavender Fields Farm, which is not very far from us in Glen Allen. We bought a few things from them, including this beautiful variegated Lavender named ‘Platinum Blonde’. We took a free tour of their farm, which was really neat to see behind the scenes as most of our starters came from them (they sell to Strange’s). They also handed out tickets for free ice cream samples at the end- we tried the honey and lavender flavors YUM. It’s a sweet place to visit, and they have a great little shop filled with all sorts of lavender products as well.

Potted Plants on deck

Potted Plants on deck

Speaking of the starters… they are progressing well. Everything looks good and healthy and growing! I’m a little paranoid that I didn’t get big enough pots for some of the tomatoes and may put them in something bigger soon… Also need to get a few more tomato cages…

Potted Plants on deck 2

Potted Plants on deck 2

I wasn’t happy with how I had some things, so I repotted the Caladium (it was burning up with too much sun), and I moved all my succulents around.

Succulents

Succulents

More Succulents

More Succulents

I’m still trying to get some of the babies to grow in the pot on the left. (They are shaded under the bench there).

Strawberry Begonia

Strawberry Begonia

With so much going on in the upper gardens, I don’t always make it down the hill. On the rock slide, the delicate little Strawberry Begonia’s are flowering. It took me a while to figure this one out.

Hydrangea buds and bug

Hydrangea buds and bug

Yay I’m going to have some hydrangea flowers this year! This might actually be the annabelle, but I did see some buds on my mopheads. Can you spot the bug in this picture?

Sedum and Coleus in the lower garden

Sedum and Coleus in the lower garden

This year I’m going to try some Coleus in the planter with sedum.

First Daylily of 2015

First Daylily of 2015

And last, but not least, introducing the First Daylily of 2015! This year this beauty in the lower garden beat out smaller similarly colored blooms in the veggie patch- which haven’t even shown a bud yet. You know Summer’s coming when daylily season starts!

 

Comments

  1. Monday monkey lives for the weekend sir :

    The garden is looking great. I think you have a bunch of varied carpet beetles (Anthrenus verbasci) on your Goutweed. And a katydid nymph on your Hydrangea.

  2. Do you think those bugs are a species of lady bug, or ladybird beetle? Not all are the red and black we normally think of.

    • The Lucky Lass :

      Not sure- I was checking that out too but didn’t think so. Hopefully I’ll have some answers soon!

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