One of the main reasons I make entries into this blog is to keep track of what is happening, or not happening, in the yard from year to year.
For example, the male hummingbird showed up around May 2nd this year. I looked at prior posts and found that he arrived on May 1st last year. These are things I like to know…
The reawakening of trees, shrubs and flowers in the spring never ceases to amaze me. The flowing shrubs have, or are, doing their thing as per Mother Nature’s schedule.
Again this year, we are in a moderate drought situation. It is extremely warm dry out there and although I splurge filling up the birdbaths, I don’t dare water the flowers or lawn.
I think it’s a good thing that my perennials all run into each other in a kind of English Garden sort of way and are not separated little mounds of this or that. The way they are growing, close together, provides some shade to the soil and moisture retention.
The lily of the valley, wild phlox and cranesbill are thick and thriving. They spread into the lawn. Trying to maintain them in some sort of order is a losing battle.
After the cranesbill have finished blooming, I mow down the ones that have snuck a little too far into the lawn.
Flowers are nice, but it’s the foliage that I’m wild about. Color, shape and texture are so important.The new growth on the dwarf Japanese green maple is light yellow with a touch of pink.
The varigated hostas provide bright accents.
And my beloved silvery blue giant hosta is getting bigger day by day. I have to admit that I do give it some water every now and then. But that’s the only one that is pampered.
I hope we get some rain soon….