And Now For A Little Color….

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.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

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.

Kerria

Kerria

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).

Scilla a/k/a Bluebells

Scilla a/k/a Bluebells

The pale pink rhododendron is in blossom but the deeper pink at the other side of the house has not yet started to bloom.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

The maidenhair fern is gigantic…which is just fine with me.

Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

However, I don’t know how the “ghost lady” fern feels about its neighbor moving in on its territory.

Ghost Lady Fern

Ghost Lady Fern

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).

Heuchera and Ajuga

Heuchera and Ajuga

The azaleas are in bloom.  I’ve got pink, red and white.  White is my favorite.

Azalea

Azalea

The varigated hostas are doing well.

Varigated Hostas

Varigated Hostas

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.

Giant Hosta

Giant Hosta

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!

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

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.

Tree Peony

Tree Peony

And that’s the way it is, May 23, 2014.  Over and out….

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One thought on “And Now For A Little Color….

  1. KerryCan

    Wow! Your plants look wonderful! We have some of the same things–lilies of the valley, peonies, giant hostas–but they are not quite at the stage of yours yet. I may have to get stern with our ajuga–it really seems to want to take over the whole universe!

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