April was horrendously busy, so I never got to show off the lovelies that were sprouting up here and there in the usual monthly memes. After positively balmy March weather, with the arrival of April, we regressed to more normal spring conditions. For the same reason florists have refrigerators, I like it a little cold. I get to meet the morning chill in a big puffy jacket – nice and warm, with a steaming cup of morning coffee in hand. I loved it. Best of all, it makes the flowers last a lot longer, and gives me a chance to take them all in before they wilt prematurely in the heat. So now, even though most of it has faded into memory, wanna take a look? Well, let’s see, shall we…
This time of year, despite all the blooming wonders, ferns and other unfurling foliage wonders are by far my favorites.
Love the spiraling origami folds of an emerging Mayapple. You can see an open leaf in the background.
I find the Hartstongue fern absolutely irresistible as it unrolls its fronds.
The lovely, native Uvularia basking in the sunlight.
The new mouse ear leaves of Ulmus parvifolia ‘Seiju’ displaying a marvelous range of greens.
This foliage combo always makes me happy – Iris sibirica and native Vancouveria hexandra.
For quite some time, I had been searching for a Shredded umbrella plant – a Synelesis. I still hadn’t found one when I saw this Hellebore. Its leaves reminded me of it, so I brought it home. It didn’t bloom this year, but with foliage like that – who cares? Love it!
The flowers of another Hellebore have faded to green – how lovable is that?
My favorite evergreen Clematis – ‘Early Sensation’ in full, fabulous bloom. Can’t get enough of it! Great, fluffy seed heads too…
I like how the leaves of the Eremurus twist.
You have to get down below the massive umbrella-shaped leaves of the Chinese Mayapple to see the dark red flowers. Such a cool plant!
The new growth of my Metapanax davidii is a nice, rich red.
The flowers of Euphorbia rigida have been out for months, and by now they have faded to a lovely red. So cool…
Yet another Hellebore – this one with really cool leaves!
I fell hard for the flowers of this Geum. Remind me of picking bouquets of my childhood’s ‘humleblomster’, growing in the meadows of Sweden. Got a little homesick, actually, when I saw it.
I never understood people who deadhead Pasque flowers – the seed heads are awesome!
The bells of my Enkianthus. Worth waiting for, for sure.
Red Bleeding hearts, nodding in the shade.
Here is the white version. Mine is growing in quite the deep shade, and they bloom for weeks and weeks. At least a month and a half.
It is clear I have a thing for dangly, red flowers. Found this Abutilon to be completely irresistible.
The red seeds of the Bloodgood maple never fail to make me smile…
I discovered the multicolored center of this Clematis, the name of which I have forgotten.
Here it is, before it opened.
I like the contrast between the Camassia and the ‘Golden Spirit’ Cotinus.
The most otherworldly of my tulips. I have no recollection whatsoever of ever having planted it, but apparently I was once of sound mind. Totally cool!
Finally, a newly planted daffodil with interesting color – ‘Altun Ha’.
Here is a close-up.
I’ll end as I started – with a photo of another fern – a Woodwardia, or Chain fern. I’ve been a little obsessed with ferns lately. Stand by for a post on their curly, swirly goodness – coming soon! 🙂