I have mentioned that the plants know it's spring, even though the weather doesn't seem to. Well, we've had lots of rain and cool temps, but by the weekend, we are supposed to get up to the upper 80s or even 90. There is a night it's only supposed to get down into the 70s. They said the last time that happened was in August. I say, bring it on! I'm tired of being cold. It does mean the lettuce season will be short this year, though.
I am joining Tootsie this week with some of the blooms I'm enjoying. Some I've already posted on, but I figured if they're still looking wonderful, I'll give them another time on the blog.
This dianthus lived over the winter in a pot. I need to find a plant to put in with it. This photo looks like the colors have been edited, but they weren't. I don't think I even cropped it.
I haven't gotten any basils planted yet. Most of the herb garden sure is full of bloom! From the left are onion chives, salad burnette, regular chives, and sage. I don't remember the sage blooming so full like that. I'm thinking I'll need to cut it back, like I do with the chives when they are finished blooming.
There are some more iris blooms joining the lovely dark colored ones. I am always excited to see them open up.
I love this blue on blue one.
I love them all.
I am not remembering what this is, maybe a salvia of some kind, but this is its first bloom of the season.
The rue just started blooming in the last day or two.
I'm still enjoying the dianthus and euphorbia. I got another euphorbia for this bed, that I think may be the same kind as this one. The Japanese iris are getting ready to bloom, too.
The clematis by the veggie garden has a few blooms open.
The gas plant blooms are opening up more and more each day. I planted this here a number of years ago. It was a small plant, and it took awhile for it to get this size. It comes up so late in the spring, I always think this may be the year it didn't survive the winter. Then, it quickly grows and blooms. I don't remember if it goes dormant. I'll have to look at last year's photos. I just know you need to wear gloves when working with it, because it can cause a rash or irritation on your skin.
Amsonias and baptisias remain some of my favorites, too. I think I have lots of favorites.
This columbine was labeled, "random" at a plant sale put on by our community garden members. I loved the color, even though it wasn't blooming yet. I'm glad it's blooming now, so I can see what it looks like.
It reminds me of the native/wild ones I had in our other yard.
I think these are mountain bluets. I call them perennial bachelor buttons. I love growing them, and replace them if they die.
The catmint, dwarf comfrey, and columbines are still pretty growing with the perennial bachelor buttons, amsonia hubrichtii, iris and such. The dwarf comfrey is almost finished blooming. I'm thinking that it will bloom again after I deadhead it.
I think this is the columbine my sister gave me a couple years ago, and shell leaf penstemon in bud.
This is the one I got from a plant sale in someone's yard a few years ago. I moved it from the bed I first had it in, and it still bloomed. Some pasque seed heads are above some nice green foliage on the left.
The comfrey I moved from another bed is not as tall and lanky as it sometimes gets. This seems to be a good move for it.
The primroses in the front bed are blooming now. Grace, do you grow these pink lovlies?
I've done a whole post about arums. I planted these as fall blooms a few years ago. They can be invasive, I found out later, but they aren't here. They are starting to spread some, though. They area different from anything else I grow. The leaves usually die back later in the summer, then the bloom will turn into a spike with little red berry looking seed heads.
I bought this miniature rose for Larry last spring. It survived the winter in our egress window well. I was thinking about planting it in the ground until I saw buds on it. I didn't want to risk losing the blooms. Have a great weekend, and if you want to read my vegetable garden update, scroll down.