Saturday, May 14, 2011

What's Growing On in Your Garden?

The daffodils and hyacinths are spent, and my three crabapples put on a colorful, albeit brief, show of exuberant spring color. Serviceberry, dogwood and apple flowers still shroud the yard in white, and we await the main show of mountain laurel and rhododendron with bated breath!

In the meantime, here's what's growing in the garden.

Azaelas here come in three colors: chartreause.....

...salmon and....

pure white.

Here is some blue milkweed, which soon will offer up some lovely blue, star-shaped flowers atop grass-like fronds three or four feet high. This is a really under-utilized perennial; I'm not sure why, but I think it's lovely.The foliage reminds me very much of weeping willow leaves. Once established, I find it does slowly spread, but that just means there's more to dig up and plant in other places.

My massive doublefile viburnum always blooms in a way that enhances its distinct appearance, from the outside in.

This blue hosta pairs nicely with lungwort (pulmonaria).

Japanese black pine closeup. It's so rewarding to see a tree seedling you planted really take off.

The cones are much more attractive than the barrel-shaped cones of the Eastern white pine. It took 15 years for this pine to grow about 18 feet tall. That's more than a foot a year, which seems like a lot for an evergreen.

Here are some morels, growing right in my front yard....or are they the poisonous, false morel? Don't worry, I won't eat them!

What's growing in your yard?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your sharing. I like the Azaela so much