The variety of color and texture of the plants in the garden at this time of the year is amazing. Lily-of-the-Valley can be found on all sides of the house and the aroma is heavenly. Some are white and some are pale pink and the contrast of those little hanging bell shaped flowers and bright green upright lancet shaped leaves is lovely.
The kerria is huge and happy. The double yellow flowers of this Japanese kerria will remain for a few weeks and will brighten the back of the bed even after the dogwood blooms have gone.
The bluebells came up right on time…haven’t spread any…appear pretty much as they did last year at this time. (I’m glad I started this blog because now I can go back and compare what’s happening now with what happened last year).
The pale pink rhododendron is in blossom but the deeper pink at the other side of the house has not yet started to bloom.
The maidenhair fern is gigantic…which is just fine with me.
However, I don’t know how the “ghost lady” fern feels about its neighbor moving in on its territory.
The same goes for the heuchera. The ajuga is moving in as is the blue star juniper (which you can see a little of at the bottom left corner of the photo below).
The azaleas are in bloom. I’ve got pink, red and white. White is my favorite.
The varigated hostas are doing well.
And my beloved giant hosta is doing really well. It’s over 4 feet across right now…just about the same size as the maidenhair fern. It’s okay with me if they take over the entire bed.
The little bright blue “birds-eye” germander speedwell, part of the veronica family, is popping up on the borders of many of the beds. I’m sure a lot of people would consider them weeds and pull them out…but I think they are gorgeous!
We had rain last night and the forecast is for heavy rain later today, so I ran out and took this photo of the tree peony. The flowers open so quickly and don’t handle heavy rain too well. I love these plants. Even after the flowers have gone, the foliage and structure of the plant delights me.
And that’s the way it is, May 23, 2014. Over and out….