Six on Saturday – 20MAY2023 – The Frost Never Bothered Me Anyway

We had a frost Wednesday night/Thursday morning – not terribly unusual here but still a tad unsettling. Happily, I haven’t yet planted my tender tomatoes, peppers or dahlias; they spent the night indoors, one of the last times they’ll get such coddling. I plan to have them all in the ground by next weekend. The perennials and bulbs that are up and blooming wilted a bit but bounced back as the sun got higher on Thursday and, as you’ll see below, are doing just fine. Time for Six on Saturday, hosted by Jim at Garden Ruminations.

One of my favourite bulbs is this Camassia quamash – I’ve planted lots of them over the years and they’re just starting to bloom:

Still quite a few daffodils blooming – mainly the ones with smaller flower, like Quail, this Poet’s Narcissus and this similar, unknown species:

A few weeks ago I had a photo of the tightly closed flower buds of Sambucus. It’s flowering now, and the interesting thing is that on the same branch the flower clusters are opening at different rates:

I think it’s safe to say this is the year Sweet Woodruff officially takes over my garden. I really like this ground cover herb, both when in flower and all year, but enough is enough, right?

Another ground cover that seems to want to take over is this delightful Ajuga:

My sixth this Saturday is a comparison of budding branches on two different plants – the small Canada Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis), looking soft and sweet, and a honey locust (Gleditsia thriacanthos), looking very dangerous:

We celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday here in Canada so it’s a long weekend here. I’ll be trying to figure out what to do with this year’s bumper crop of rhubarb – here’s one final update on its growth:

May 12 harvest

33 Comments

  1. Oh have me some rhubarb pie! I have planted a few ground covers that wanted to take over my beds. I mistakenly planted mint in a perennial bed and then had to spend a few hours removing it the next year. I learn more from mistakes, I guess.

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    1. I don’t mind learning from mistakes (like planting prickly cactus in my heavy clay soil..it looks SO unhappy!) and I also have mint still coming up here and there after it escaped a pot I had sunk too deeply (or maybe not deep enough) in the garden a few years ago. I am, however, perturbed by invasive species suddenly appearing (thanks to birds or just wind blown seeds) that are really hard to control, such as the creeping bell flower that is showing up all over all of a sudden…

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  2. I love your deep purple camassia, is it a special cultivar? What do you do with your rhubarb? I like making a sauce with it, it freezes well and is delicious over cake or ice cream. When strawberries come on, combined I like it in pies and jams. Rhubarb crisp, too! πŸ™‚
    I think your Ajuga is actually spotted deadnettle (Lamium maculatum)? One of my favorite groundcovers… I have ones with pink, purple and white flowers. I love groundcovers that are easy to control. πŸ™‚

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    1. The Camassia is the species C. quamash, according to my reliable bulb supplier… I’ve frozen some rhubarb compote already and what a great idea to have it over ice cream since it’s still a little tart by itself!

      OMG it IS Lamium! Thank you! And after reading a bit about it it does appear potentially invasive…perhaps it can do battle with the creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) that’s appeared close by…

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  3. Beautiful camassia! I love the cercis and I have tried to grow one from seed but it is so slow, I don’t think I have treated it well and it is punishing me for neglect. Super rhubarb, lots of crumble with custard sounds good. I hope the frosts have now passed you by for the season.

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    1. Crumble with custard! Now that sounds very appealing!! I think we are indeed done with frosts – according to the weather people anyway! Good thing too because I need to get my dahlias and tomatoes in the ground!

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  4. The camassia is so beautiful. Is the Sweet Woodruff easy to pull out when you decide you’ve had enough? It’s attractive. Having seen neighbors trying to eradicate it I’m staying away from ajuga, although it is pretty.

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    1. Sweet woodruff appears easy to pull out but I’m not sure how persistent the roots will be… time will tell. I’ve heard the same about Ajuga – mine started as a single sprig three years ago, arriving unannounced, accompanying a plant given by a friend. Today it’s a four square foot patch…

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  5. Rhubarb is so RAD! I gave so much of mine away that there is not much left in my garden. Of course, it will make more, . . . and more. I have been growing it since I was about five years old, half a century ago. What species of elderberry is that?

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  6. My husband loves rhubarb! send some down. A frost in May is freaky to me. Add to that a straight species Honeylocust, yikes! Love the Camassia, I guess those are northern I have never seen them until blogging, or the Sweet Woodruff. I would let that take over my garden! Enjoy the tomatoes, I will be pulling out the last bedraggled, wormy remnants this week.

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    1. There’s a locust down the road that must be a hundred years old…huge, and the bark has such deep fissures. A lot of folks don’t like them (or buy the unthorned, cultivated variety) but I have a deep appreciation for the leaves, bark…and thorns!

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  7. Terrific selection of plants this week. The Lammium is something I too planted at one point in just one back corner – somehow it made its way all over – and into nearly every other bed. I hate it now and yank it out whenever I see any of it I’ve missed. The root system is extensive once it really gets a hold – be on your guard! Your remaining Daffs are my favorite variety, I think they are just fab. I don’t have any other rhubarb solutions, sometimes we just end up with more than we can use – good to be able to trade it to a neighbor who maybe has something worthwhile to offer in exchange. I’m sure there are even ways to create libations – if you feel you’ve got to use it up somehow. πŸ™‚

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