On the bright side, this has been an absolutely fabulous spring for moving plants and I have been taking full advantage. My "list" is almost complete. In addition I've moved dozens of other plants to what I hope will be better spots-some have been languishing for years. In doing so I've opened up space in existing gardens that I didn't even know I had. Lately all my free time (when I'm not sleeping, working or in the garden) has been spent poring over plant catalogs. Now if I could just find everything I want...nurseries have been slow to stock.
Even though parts of my garden appear colorful now, very little is actually blooming. Planting bulbs has not been high on my priority list for the past few falls. I plan my garden for late season interest and don't allocate much space to spring bloomers. Usually I'm so busy in the spring I often don't even notice what's in bloom. So let's take a look...
What few Hellebores I have are looking spiffy. I have them scattered throughout the garden but as I look at pictures of various gardens I can see the why some people mass them in one spot. Another project for another list.
Forsythia is not one of my favorite shrubs but this variegated Forsythia x intermedia 'Fiesta' is worth growing for the season spanning foliage. If I had my act together on the bulb front I'd underplant it with some Chionadoxa or Scilla siberica.
Pieris are also putting on a fine show. 'Valley Valentine' is a favorite.
I think this one is 'Little Heath'. My other variegated Pieris is much larger and in the ten plus years it's been in my garden I've never seen a flower. If it didn't have such clean, attractive foliage it would have been banished long ago.
Bulb remnants from the days I used to plant them. Anemone blanda have naturalized in many parts of my garden by hitching rides on plants I've moved.
To get my fingers into container planting shape I planted a few pansies.
Primrose-why don't I grow more of these?
Not your grandmother's Pachysandra. P. procumbens is an easy to grow clumping woodland plant. Although it is evergreen, I usually cut off all the winter weary foliage.
Not blooming I know, but it might as well be. Sedum 'Angelina' virtually glows this time of year.
And here's one for anyone who thinks I should be better utilizing my camera (i.e. not on the automatic setting). After eight and a half years I thought it might be to my advantage to peruse the manual. In just a few minutes I learned all sorts of tricks. Over the weekend I played around briefly with the manual settings. Both the picture of the sedum above and the Prunus persica 'Bonfire' buds below were taken with the camera set to "M". Right now I don't have the time to spend reading and practicing but I do intend to explore it all further.
My usual thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this useful and entertaining monthly event.