May 2011

Foundation Garden

May 1 - The foundation garden, already growing rapidly

May 24 - Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein' (lamb's ears) and Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube' (stokes aster). The Stokesia is a transpant from my other garden.

May 28 - Iris sibirica 'Bennerup Blue' in front of a Rhododendron. Because of the unexpected extreme heat, my blooms were very short lived.

May 28 - Rhodendron

May 26 - This garden is just starting its season of bloom.

The Cottage Garden

May 1 - The Veronica and Geranium that I planted last year are all popping up, much to my relief and happiness.

May 1 - The dafodils and Hyacinth are already ending their show. A short season this year due to torrential rain coupled with some very unseasonable high temperatures.

May 9 - Columbine, starting to flower. I'm not sure what Columbine this is. Possibly part of the "Winky" series.

May 24 - another Columbine, although this is a later blooming one. This one self seeded and is probably a cross.

May 26 - Helianthemum 'Hartswood Ruby' (sun rose). Planted this year. Intermingled with Columbine.

May 24 - Salvia 'Eveline' (sage) and Cleome hassleriana 'Spirit Merlot' (spider flower)

May 24 - close up of Cleome hassleriana 'Spirit Merlot'

May 26 - Salvia 'Eveline' and Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood'. I bought this penstemon last year at a Home Depot. It's been doing beautifully so far. The lush leaved plant to the right is a Campanula 'Kent Belle' that seeded from the foundation garden.

May 26 - Geranium 'Patricia' I bought this online last year and paid a small fortune for it. Luckily, it's putting on a lot of leaves and has started blooming.

May 24 - Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' This blooms all summer with deadheading.

May 26 - Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' (pinks) and Centaurea Montana (perennial bachelor button)

May 28 - Centaurea Montana (perennial bachelor button) and Plumbago auriculata 'Monott' (cape leadwort). Plumbago is actually a shrub and can get quite large down south where it's hardy.

May 28 - Mimulus aurantiacus 'Curious Red' (monkey flower). This is the first time I'm growing this annual.

The Red and Yellow Garden (Formally the Butterfly Garden)

May 1 - the Astilbe I planted last year is leafing out nicely. I was worried because it it wasn't happy with all the extreme heat of last year.

May 24 - Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violette' in bloom. I will probably move this plant next year. The dark leaved plant behind it is Penstemon 'Dark Towers'

May 24 - Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' (Texas sage) in front of Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'. Texas sage is not hardy in my zone.

May 26 - Coleus 'Frilly Milly'. This was over taken by the Butterfly Weed it was planted next to. Next year, I'll plant it further away.

May 24 - New planted Primula polyanthus 'Better Red' (primrose). I won't see the flowers on thus until next spring.

May 26 - Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire'. I'll see if this blooms as heavily as 'Lady in Red'.

May 26 - Heuchera 'Fire Chief'. Newly planted this year. Isn't it a great color?

May 26 - long view of the garden