Just my second week participating in this virtual garden party, and I’m already breaking the rules! I hope I won’t be forever banned! Here are my six favorite things this week:
- My rhododendrons have finally started blooming, about a week later than usual. While I’m not allergic to rhododendrons themselves, my spring allergies are often at their worst when they’re in bloom. The yearly cadre of pollen-plundering bumblebees hasn’t arrived yet, but today is unseasonably cool. I’m sure they’ll show up when we get a nice warm day!
The rhodies were all here when we moved to this house nearly seventeen years ago. There’s one with brilliant, showy magenta flowers in the back rock garden, and several very large bushes with paler pinkish-purple flowers in the front garden. The deer are fond of these bushes, walking right up to our front porch steps to nosh on the lower branches. They were not so bold until a neighbor regularly started feeding them in her driveway.
2. It’s allium season now, as well! Last fall I planted five or six dozen assorted alliums and then promptly forgot about them! It was a delightful surprise when they started sprouting earlier this spring. Inexpensive and common, Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ is the most plentiful now. Its globes of pure purple flowers reach five inches in diameter, and they average two feet in height.
Allium ‘Firmament’ is a bit taller, and considerably more pricey than ‘Purple Sensation’. It is a more reddish-purple, with a bit of a metallic sheen to it.
One of the best things about allium is their deer and rodent resistance. I’ve never had a problem with anyone trying to nibble these! One drawback that they don’t naturalize well. It’s rare that I have more than a few come back to bloom in subsequent years.
3. The Camassia have been blooming in earnest for five days now. These are Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerulea’.
I planted them seven autumns ago, so this is the sixth spring they’ve bloomed here. Averaging a little more than two feet high, they have multiplied abundantly here in well-drained soil and full sun. Typically blooming during the first hot and humid spell of the year, right around Memorial Day in the US, they don’t last as long as I would like. Their bloom period is usually about ten days long.
4. Beneath the rhododendrons in the front garden, the Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’) are blooming. I believe this is their second year here. They are sixteen to eighteen inches high. I need to put Spanish Bluebells on my “Buy More of These” list for this fall; they would make a lovely addition to the Lasagna Bed.
5. Speaking of the Lasagna Bed, my Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts are currently blooming. Their flower stalks are not as prolific this year as they have been in previous years, and, like the rhododendrons, they are blooming later than usual.
Don’t you think the Bluebells would complement the Bleeding Hearts nicely?
6. Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, also in the Lasagna Bed, has had just a few flowering stems this year, but they are sweet little things, especially against the backdrop of white Sweet Woodruff. At one time, there were two Brunneras in this bed; one seems to have vanished into thin air.
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday, and thank you for reading today!