Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Garden Is Growing On

Spring started off nicely here in my little part of the world, and then suddenly the weather turned on us. Clouds. Rain. Cold. Even some snow. The month of April is quickly coming to an end, and I’ve barely gotten any garden time in. I haven’t even been to a garden center yet. Well, I went once, but only for a few minutes. Our gardening season is very short here, so when an entire month is lost, it’s quite upsetting.

My garden keeps growing on despite the weather, although it did look a little stressed during the worst of those gloomy days.

Here is what’s happening so far:

The daffodils are just about done but the hyacinth is still going strong. And so are the tulips in back and front of the house.





All the roses are starting to grow, but Morden Sunrise is in the lead. Can’t wait to see those glorious blooms that it produces.




The huge maple tree (not sure what kind; possibly a crimson maple) in front of our deck is blooming. It will be stunning when it’s done. And the birds will be happier as they’ll have a place to hide.





Clematis 'Niobe' will be showing off its beautiful purple flowers very soon. The anticipation is more than I can handle.



Euphorbia polychrome, which grows in front of Clematis 'Niobe' is also getting ready to show off its neon-yellow flowers.




Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, the pride of my garden, is inching its way up. It will grow to about three feet tall and flower all season long. Bees, butterflies and an assortment of other tiny critters will be hanging around it daily. And yes, so will I, with camera in hand.



As you can see, Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids' is also preparing to put on a show. Perhaps it will do so within the next few days.



My Heritage Red Raspberry bush that I planted in 2010 produces the tastiest fruit. It’s a bit of a challenge to keep the birds, chipmunks, squirrels and a bunch of other critters from eating all the berries, but well worth the effort.



PJM Compact Rhododendron is eventually going to reach a height of 6 feet, but it will take some time to get there. For now I’m just happy that it’s growing well, and getting through each winter effortlessly.



I have quite a few daylilies planted in different flower beds and they are all starting to make a very healthy appearance.




Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’ is now displaying its tiny white flowers. Once it’s done blooming, the plant will be cut back hard and the new leaves that will grow back will be thicker, larger. For the rest of the season it will be a beautiful foliage plant.



Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold' has bright-golden, variegated leaves. These turn an attractive pinkish-red in cold weather.



This beautiful plant is Iris pallida ‘Aureo Variegata’. It is a stunning addition to the garden.



I planted Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ (Autumn monkshood) last summer. And despite the fact that is was just a tiny plant at the time, it produced the most spectacular flowers. I am really looking forward to another round of these blooms on a much larger plant.



Pulsatilla vulgaris is showing no signs of slowing down. Because it’s one of the sole plants in bloom, the flowers stand out and can be seen from quite a distance.




Alcea rosea ‘Spotlight Mars Magic’ (hollyhock) is going to grow over 6 feet tall and produce the most gorgeous blooms. Unless the rabbits eat all its leaves, like they did to all the other hollyhocks in my garden last year. Sigh...



And finally, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ has bloomed. In addition to the pretty blue flowers that are tiny and delicate, the plant boats spectacular foliage.



Let’s hope that the month of May is much kinder, so that I can finally get into my garden on a regular basis.

12 comments:

  1. You have so much going on in your garden - lots to look forward to! These photos are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There should be an explosion of garden activity this month. The days are starting to warm up, so I'll get so spend more time outdoors.

      Delete
  2. Wow! If this is your garden in April with very little TKC from you I am really looking forward to the next few months. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Francie. I can't wait to see more flowers in the garden. It's still fairly quiet.

      Delete
  3. I meant TLC not TKC. But who knows, maybe Tender Kind Care is just as effective!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I kind of figured that, but I like the TKC, too :)

      Delete
  4. Goodness Gracious! What a garden! Everything is coming along beautifully. Don't you love the green leaves of the lillies, even before they bloom? And you will have raspberries too, lovely! Can't wait to see how your garden will grow!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes! The leaves on the lilies are just gorgeous. They are such a beautiful deep green shade. And when the flowers come in, the contrast is fantastic.

      Delete
  5. Your garden and flowers are looking wonderful! We have had similar weather here, cold and rain. We need more rain though, still in drought here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't mind the rain; it was very dry all winter and for most of the start of the spring season. But I can do without the cold!!

      Delete
  6. WOW! Too bad about not being able to get into the garden too much this month. We were lucky and got a LOT of stuff moved around into better locations.....we have such a shaded garden, everything has grown up over 20 years! lol
    Martha, that 'Pulsatilla' is beautiful!! What great photos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. April has been a pretty bad month in terms of weather, but thankfully March had some good days in it and we did a lot of cleaning up in the garden. May is here, so I can only expect that things will get much better!

      Delete