In spite of my Elm seed woes I am enjoying some blooms right now. It is interesting to see how the different trees, shrubs, and plants have reacted to the 90 inches of snow and super cold that we had over the winter. It appears that the blooming trees were effected somewhat negatively, and my hydrangeas had to be cut back entirely, but plants like hostas that hibernate seem to have really enjoyed the winter cold.
In a weird streak of fortune, the day that I ended up stranded in the rain at Lowe's, they were practically out of every annual in the store. I ended up looking at some things I usually bypass. I bought 6 geraniums off of the dead/almost dead rack.
They are bouncing back nicely.
I also went ahead and got some poppies. They were all identified as "champagne mix". So far I've had 4 yellow blooms, and one slightly deformed coral bloom. We'll see what happens with them.
I've never had much success with poppies.
But I love them.
So if they grow - well get ready.
For lots of pictures.
I know that pansies are cool weather plants, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they will stay nice until July here in Michigan. Other annuals don't really fill in here until almost July.
Last summer Jennifer and I transplanted several irises from her parents farm.
I think these were originally from her grandmothers garden. I love recycled plants!
We also transplanted several peonies, but they won't be in shape to bloom for a few more years.
Two of my clematises are blooming.
This one will re-bloom lightly in September.
I love this one - how it is one color all the way through.
The Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce that I planted last year seems to be doing well. This was a splurge for me. Kind of a birthday present to myself.
I also planted a replacement for my beloved maple that died. It won't be as big as the other one was until long after I'm dead. Dangit.
But it is pretty.
The weigela is in full bloom. It will also re-bloom lightly in late summer.
And the hostas are huge.
This Blue Mammoth has leaves that are 14 inches long.
All of these hostas came from one plant that was in the garden when we moved in in 2006 (2007?). Plus I've given lots of them away.
I'm loving these Mouse Ear hostas I planted last year. All these came from two plants.
Below left is a Sum & Substance hosta - another very large leafed hosta. Below right is a Stained Glass hosta. Be careful with the Stained Glass - the slugs love'em because they are very tender and juicy!
I had to do some replacement planting where a large azalea was killed by the snow. These two bushes are Potentillas. They should get filled with little pink flowers for the entire summer. Right now the flowers that are on it are VERY pale. I'm hoping they get a little more saturated as it gets warmer.
I'm a freak for ferns. I'm trying to transition from Ostrich ferns (not shown) because they take over the whole garden. There are a lot of varieties that are more special and don't overgrow everything else.
This is an Autumn Fern.
Japanese Painted Ferns reproduce a little more quickly but they are so pretty you don't really care.
Plus they lay low and so they don't intrude on the surrounding plants.
And then there are the mushrooms....
I still have some shopping to do to fill the ends of my front window box.
And yes, that is a paper bag temporarily holding the dirt in here. Note all the elm trees that are growing.....
And that reminds me - my friend neighbor looked at me this morning and said "can I say ANAL!!!" It took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about. I was glad to hear from some of you that you are equally frustrated by your various seedlings, and that not every single tree reproductive element in the world ends up in my yard.
Have a great week!
Tomorrow is peony day!
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