May showers are a featured menu item this weekend, and I love it! Except I opted to stay inside and do boring things like laundry instead of tackling my many overdue muddy outdoor tasks. I did however manage to get some real-time photos, in addition to the few that are included from earlier in the month.
In early May, the flower or Melianthus major looked like this.
Today, it towers over just about everything else, and it is probably three times as long as in the first photo.
Love the red flowers of Podophyllum pleianthum! Have to get down on my knees to see them, though. They are hidden under the giant umbrella leaves.
A seemingly endless variation on genetic representation, this Columbine is a cross between Black Barlow and a NOID purple. Looks like a miniature Dahlia!
Here it is in front of a Yucca.
I started with a white, a blue, and Black Barlow. By now, I have a range of colors – all stemming from these three. This is pretty close to the original white, with a slight purple tint.
This one has more purple in it…
…but is nowhere near as crazy as this cross between the white Japanese variety and Black Barlow. I know there is one marketed hybrid called ‘Nora Barlow’ that looks just like this one, and now I know how it came about. Columbines are fun in that they are like one of those games – how many combinations can you make out of a given thing?
The fragrant dark purple of Rosa ‘Twilight Zone’ against the chartreuse foliage of Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ makes me happy!
I’m being watched!
Weighted down by rain, the heavy roses echo beautifully against the purple striations of a Melianthus leaf. Not sure why they sometimes develop purple markings, but I think it has to do with heat stress. If you know, please enlighten me!
I think this is some kind of Disporum. Last weekend, on Mother’s Day, I took a break from working in the garden, and laid down on a blanket behind this clump – thus the photo.
Clematis henrii. I was under the impression that Clematis flower once, with maybe a smaller flush later in the summer, but last year, this one kept sporadically putting on flowers until frost. I was more than a little impressed!
Abutilon in bud. After I moved it out into more sun, it has started to bud. For some reason, I thought they were shade plants, but I guess not. At least not as much of a shade plant as I thought it was. 🙂
Of all the deciduous plants in my garden, I know of no other that has the staying power of Fuchsia magellanica. It blooms non-stop from April to frost. Total work horse plant!
I left the seed head of the Formosa lily I planted last year, more to mark the spot than anything else. Supposedly, they can send up new blooms from seed in only one year. Haven’t seen any signs yet, but we’ll see…
Allium christophii, kissed by rain.
Santolina ‘Lemon Queen’ in bud in front of yellow Alliums.
Callistemon viridiflora blooming with greenish yellow flowers. So cool…
Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’ covers almost the entire front of our house, to my husband’s chagrin. He is worried about the siding.
Acanthus spinosa about to flower.
The Purple Sensation alliums are pretty much done, but the cool seed heads are still there.
A Clematis rambling through a red twig dogwood.
I like the Stewartia buds better than I like the flowers, which I think bloom for a pitifully short time. Other than the buds, I’m not sure it’s worth the space it takes up, but they look lovely here, so I’ll end with that.
That’s a few of the things adorning my garden right now. Head over to May Dreams Gardens to revel in whatever else grows in gardens around the world. Happy May!