Thursday, May 21, 2015

Finding Time For Blogging

It's a challenge right now, finding time to keep up with this blog. And it's nearly impossible to go blog visiting like I would like to. When will Science develop a pill so we can forego sleep and get everything done? There's just not enough hours in the day. 

Here's a little bit of what's happening in my garden this week. 

I bought bulbs of this Nectaroscordum last fall after admiring them last summer. They're unique and fun and the hummingbirds love them. 

Nectaroscordum siculum 

Allium nigrum is so reliable, blooming every spring despite my consistent neglect. 
Allium nigrum

I redid this area so I could showcase a lot of my small plants like Dianthus.
Dianthus ssp. 

There are several plants blooming there including this Lychnis I bought last year from Dancing Oaks. I really like the fluffy, double flowers. They're small--only about the size of a penny but they're vibrant and plentiful.  
Lychnis viscaria 'Splendens Plena' 

In one of my shady areas, this little gem is blooming right on time. It's been very reliable for me.
Melittis melissophyllum  

I love Astrantias! 
Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding'

The Chinese Foxglove I purchased last year is blooming. The flowers have an exotic look. 
Chinese Foxglove Rehmannia elata

The Cannas are perfection right now. 
Canna Zantedeschia aethiopica 

The Violas are such reliable reseeders. I love their little faces.
Viola babies

Another volunteer is this snapdragon. The lesson: If we're too tidy, we miss out on all these little surprises. 
Volunteer Snapdragon

Such tiny flowers on this Baby's Breath.
Gypsophila repens 'Rosea' 

I purchased Bear's Breeches (Acanthus mollis) at least ten years ago. It has never bloomed and over the years the area where it's planted has become increasingly shady. Imagine my surprise a few days ago when I noticed three flower stalks jutting skyward! Blooming in deep shade? Really? COOL! 
Acanthus mollis

Here are the first and second flower stalks.  
Flower buds on Acanthus mollis 

Creeping Campanula amongst the throng

The Honeysuckle is intensely fragrant. I love it!
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' 

I always have at least one vase of it in the house.
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' 

I'm particularly pleased with this vignette:
Heuchera 'Marmalade' with Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'),
various Sedums and a few blooms of Geum 'Flames of Passion'.

This Spiraea is starting to bloom. 
Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet' with Sedum 'Angelina'
and a volunteer California Poppy.

Pink seeds are dangling all over this Japanese maple.
Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' seedpods 

While several of my ornamental grasses are not even knee-high yet, Stipa gigantea is already towering and beginning its fanciful blooming display! 
Stipa gigantica

Finally, I have to share this cool gift from my friend Carol. She knows how much I love rusty stuff. Thank you Carol! 
Cool rusty lantern! 
Happy gardening, my dear friends!