Monday, February 27, 2017

The growing season

While the weekend wasn't exceptionally warm, I spent a little time out poking around the gardens some more.

Everything is looking really good and it looks like most of the new things planted last year made it through - though that's not surprising given how mild winter was.
The newest Columbine (dark red) gets a lot of sun so it's looking great.
I was so pleased to see that BOTH of my Royal Wedding Oriental poppies survived (and seem to have multiplied a bit.) They didn't bloom last year, but I'm really hoping they will this year.
My Morning Show Bearded Iris is coming back nicely as well. I had to move her mid-season, and I've lost a few plants doing that, so I was a little worried.
I'm still not sure if the Foxglove will make it, but the Bleeding Heart beside it is showing signs of life.
All of the roses are looking good, but I was especially pleased to see Crimson Glory with new shoots. If I lose a rose, it always seems to be after their first winter.
And I was thrilled to see buds on the Butterfly Bush (Miss Ruby). She had a tough year last year, and I wasn't sure she was going to survive. She's looking much better already than she did in spring last year.
And out front, the Jacob's Ladder is poking it's way out. This was a clearance plant I bought on a whim, and it's nice to see it back. It adds a nice pop of purple to the shady garden.

We're still a long way from blooms... but I love the growing season!


Araignee said...

I can't believe how much you've got going on up there!

Mereknits said...

It is so fun when Spring appears.

Delighted Hands said...

It is always so encouraging to see the renewal of your flower garden.....encouraging to know outside weather will be warm and inviting again soon!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

It's looking like you're going to have a really good garden again this year. Just love seeing all your pretty flowers. You have a much greener thumb than I.

Vera said...

I can't wait for Spring! You have so many different things growing - a great variety.

kathy b said...

Im going to look for jacobs ladder. I like the look of it! and shade friendly ! ! YES

Cat Lover said...

So nice to see everything that is coming up! So anxious to get out in the gardens.

gayle said...

Hurray for spring! Looks like you've got lots of pretty in your future! 8)
I need to poke around in my flowerbeds, too. I accidentally hit my bleeding heart with the lawnmower late last summer - I'm hoping I didn't traumatize it...