The garden is growing in leaps and bounds. It won’t be long before there’s an explosion of colour. Some of the plants have developed their flower buds and the anticipation of when those flowers will open is more than I can handle.
Come along with me as I stroll around the garden, and we’ll check out what’s going on.
Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids', a columbine, has grown into a monster. There are many flower buds waiting to open, but no flowers yet in sight. Come on, sweet plant, get to it already!
Clematis 'Niobe' is growing beautifully, and loaded with buds. I have never grown clematis before, so I am quite flattered that it is doing so well in my amateur hands. I can’t wait till the spectacular flowers make an appearance.
My Purpleleaf Sand Cherry is putting on quite a show with its lovely blooms.
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin', a dwarf lilac, is a tiny little tree that is no more than five feet tall. But despite its small size, it is growing flowers that will smell heavenly.
This is Agastache blue fortune; one of my most beloved plants. It will grow huge by the end of the month and fill up with gorgeous flowers that will last until the fall. It is a favourite hangout for bees and butterflies, so you can imagine how many times I’ll be stopping by there with my camera.
The flowers on Viola sororia ‘Freckles’ really do look like they have freckles on them. You can see the blooms on the plant, but they’re not quite ready yet. Perhaps in the next few days, I’ll get to photograph them.
Like the other columbine, Aquilegia alpina is growing rapidly into a large plant.
Lamiastrum galeobdolon ‘Hermann’s Pride’ shows off pretty yellow flowers, which should be coming up soon, but even when the blooms fade away, the plant is a beautiful addition because of its gorgeous foliage.
Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’ is in full bloom, and I’ve been meaning to get closer with the camera for some macro shots of the tiny flowers. But I haven’t. Yet. So this is all there is to show.
Chelone obliqua, commonly known as Pink Turtlehead, produces large, bright-pink hooded flowers beginning in late summer, so it may be awhile before buds develop. In the meantime, it’s a pretty foliage plant.
These tiny pink blooms belong to the lovely Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’. It is among the most dependable and showy spring-blooming perennials, and the foliage stays attractive throughout the gardening season.
This is Heuchera americana 'Dale's Strain', which is especially attractive in spring and late fall. Heucheras are extremely popular because of their stunning array of leaf colours, shapes, sizes and textures. I have a few of them planted in various flower beds.
And that’s it for this garden stroll. There’ll be many more coming along, and I’ll let you know when they happen in case you’d like to tag along.