Well, for the absolute newest in my plant debauchery, please see my last post – the one about my adventurous romp in Hortlandia. All that aside, there are some rather intriguing developments happening in the garden as well – some that I have never seen before.
An old favorite – Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ has had its time in the sun…
… and now looks like this. Silly me – I love them even when they are at the end of their show. This tulip is a great naturalizer, and kindly reseeds itself wherever it likes. I’m not one to protest.
Seeing the strappy, blue foliage of a NOID Siberian iris, and out native Vancouveria hexandra growing at its feet always makes me happy in spring.
Here, a volunteer rush has planted itself in the middle of a Silver Dollar hebe. I quite like the effect.
My Podophyllum pleianthum going nuts in front of what I think is a Metapanax davidii.
Here is a close-up of that new foliage.
I was thrilled to notice this flower bud on my Melianthus major. This is a first for me, and, in a short-sighted burst of excitement, I’m stoked, even if I have the onslaught of climate change and our ridiculously mild winter to thank for it.
My wall of blue – Clematis alpina ‘Blue Dancer’.
A close-up of the flowers.
White Ipheion flowers – one of my favorite spring bulbs…
… looking great in combination with these Snowflake primulas. My hope is that they will naturalize happily ever after.
Mulhenbeckia, variegated Lily of the Valley, chartreuse Creeping Jenny and a couple of surviving straps of an old Dracaena.
Wish I remembered the name of this one. 1/2″ flowers edged in white. Some of them are almost a violet pink. This plant comes in a true blue version as well. This was a gift from my friend Gina. This violet tint makes me think it would look fabulous combined with…
… these – Camas lilies rescued from last year – here in front of Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’.
Here is that true blue version of that plant. I got this one at Xera last year. You don’t often find flowers of this caliber blue!
Another perennial favorite that always sends my heart aflutter – Iris confusa, or Bamboo Iris. You can read more about it, and se better photos of it here, on my other blog.
Always grateful for the airy twigginess of my Corokia cotoneaster. This time of year, it also sports the loveliest little yellow flowers.
Finally, for the “borrowed” portion of the program, as seen growing above a client’s garage – an Akebia, or Chocolate vine.
I love the little white pearly buds, don’t you?