It’s been so beautiful here…and spending every waking moment in our garden.
I’ve been taking photos of the garden and since its been raining all day it’s a good day to share them with you.
80% of my garden is partial shade, so I’ll start with the garden out in our front yard with our Late Spring Garden. I am picking up all my annuals at the farmers market tomorrow so my containers haven’t been planted yet.
Lily family (Liliaceae)
This plant prefers light shade to partial sun, mesic (moderately moist) levels of moisture, and fertile loamy soil. It is fairly rugged and tolerates less than ideal conditions. The foliage persists all summer and it is rarely bothered by disease. It is a nice reseeder that has blessed me with MANY new family members.
This is at the end of bloom time for my Woodland Poppy, but this last bloom opened. A native wildflower poppy is native to much of the eastern United States growing from Wisconsin east to the Atlantic coast and south to Arkansas and over to Alabama and Georgia. It is a staple in the woodland forest loving the dappled shade of the deciduous trees and rich organic soil created by decaying leaf litter. Ample moisture will insure continued growth throughout the season. It is easy to grow and readily seeds nad returns many children for your garden.
Easily grown in average to moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers good summer heat and dryish soils. Tolerates poor soils and light shade. If plant foliage depreciates in summer after flowering, stems may be cut back to the basal rosette. Heavy re-seeder, can become invasive but easily controlled.
It’s just beginning to bloom, and it is a wonderful plant if you have it situated properly. It lends an informal grace to the partly shady garden. It manages to be somewhat floppy but elegant at the same time. Put it where it can lounge or cascade over the edge of a low rock wall. It does not like to be restricted; nor will it stand up straight like a soldier and makes a great ground cover.
The flowers don’t have a lot of pizzazz, but they offer a uniquely subtle shade of chartreuse and impart a billowy and somewhat lax elegance, and act as a great foil for more vibrant larger flowers.
This is a fern-leaf Bleeding heart and have a habit and long season of bloom. This variety forms a vigorous clump of powdery blue-green leaves, topped by clusters of delicate, dangling heart shaped flowers in a dusky rose-purple shade. Excellent for edging, and very useful for mixed containers and tubs. Removing faded flowers will promote lots of new buds to form.
Polemonium caeruleum album
I haven’t gotten to this side of the house to weed yet and all the nuisance silver maple trees whirlybirds, all 1 million of them, just fell. The whirlybirds fall typically the 1st week of June, and I have 4 silver maples. Gosh I hate silver maples!
I started my Jacob’s Ladder from seed, and it is a nice reseeder which has gifted me with several other children. Jacob Ladder’s name comes from the description of a ladder to heaven described in the book of Genesis in the Bible. It refers to the foliage’s resemblance to a ladder. The flowers are borne on spikes above the foliage. The flowers are five-petaled and cup-shaped, and hang from the spike, giving a nodding appearance.
There are over 300 species/hybrids of Clematis, and has often been termed the Queen of the Vines, clematis, can offer rich, striking royalty beauty. It can also be very temperamental just as royalty can be. Clematis like to be fed but not overfed and clematis prefers cool soils, some type of mulch should be used over the root area. Planting a low perennial ground cover near the plant often works well or organic mulch can be used.
Oriental Poppies bloom faithfully for decades when their modest needs — a sunny spot and well-drained, moderately fertile, soil — have been satisfied. Winter hardy virtually anywhere in the continental United States, Oriental Poppies are also outstandingly tolerant of summer drought, since they retreat underground into dormancy soon after flowering.
I started my poppies from seed, poppies are very intolerant to be relocated.
There are over 180 species of Lonicera. Honeysuckle vines are easy to grow, vigorous, heat-tolerant, and nearly indestructible.
The flashy and fragrant flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long and the resulting fruit of the flowers will provide a fall treat for your local songbirds as well.
I have so much more to share with you, but my farmers market opens tomorrow! I buy 90% of my annual flowers from it, to get the best I have to be there at 5:30 am.
What’s that saying…the early birds catches the worm.