Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ & Camassia quamash. These two are both new to me – I’m loving both the deep blue of these bulbs, native to North America and once a food staple for Indigenous Peoples’ diet, and the rosy hue on this variety of Sorbaria.
Officially we’ve nearly a month left of spring but with temps close to 30 yesterday it was suddenly shorts and sandals weather. Most of the spring bulbs have had their days of glory, and now that the Camassia are swooning around in all their blue splendour there’s only the Alliums left to bloom (Purple Sensation has started but karataviense and the Globemasters are still swelling up).
Allium karataviense. Unique amongst the Alliums in that its striped foliage is at least as attractive and interesting as its flower – which will likely open this week.
I hope to get all my seedlings in the ground over the next three or four days – still have annuals (Cosmos, Marigolds) and lots of perennials (Liatris, Echinacea, Alcea) to plant – some may wind up being given to neighbours or the community gardens if I can’t figure out proper homes for them all here. (That’s kind of hard to believe, but true!)
On still, warm days this week you could smell the fragrance from this Viburnum carlesii all over the Island garden. The distinctive clove aroma makes me think it’s Christmas in May. I need to plant more!
Most of my Lilac bushes have not produced very many flowers this year – I need to research why (didn’t add fertilizer; didn’t prune at all…it’s a mystery). But I’m happy that my native Redbuds – Cercis canadensis – have survived the ravages of rabbit and deer to give us more than a few blossoms. No fragrance, unfortunately, but it’s so neat to have watched the buds spring out from seemingly smooth hard trunks and branches and produce such lovely purply flowers.
Canada Redbud – Cercis canadensis
It’s going to be a great year for Irises! My row of re-blooming white Iris, just in its second spring, has a gazillion flowers stalks and should be spectacular in a week or so, as should the Siberian and flag Iris that seem to love the soil here, even when the summers are so dry.
I transplanted a bunch of dwarf Iris – just plain yellow and purple ones – two years ago to the top of this stone ridge and they’ve hit their stride this spring. I’ll be adding to the row a few other varieties from other parts of the garden this week, I think.
I had a Tree Peony in my previous garden. It grew quickly and became relatively huge but it was one of many things I wasn’t able to bring with me here to the County. It’s on my wish list for this year – I’m hoping to find one with a single, yellow flower. The large, pink, many petaled flowers on my last one often were too heavy and I needed to tie branches to each other to prevent them from snapping off when the flowers were in full bloom. I do have a dozen or so ‘regular’ peonies though (the blooming has just begun with the Fernleaf Peony); pictures to come in the weeks ahead!
This beautiful Fern Leaf Peony – Paeonia tenuifolia – is always first t bloom.
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