It was a rainy day in Virginia yesterday which was a blessing in disguise. I used this opportunity with the weather to move the Colocasia to their new shady location behind the Crepe Myrtle in the Woodland Garden. In addition since it was a light rain I also planted my Foxtail Lily and Purple Sensation Allium bulbs in the Arbor Garden. The Foxtail Lillies were planted in the corner right in front of the Sweet Autumn Clematis. The Alliums will mingle with the Shasta Daisies & ‘Hello Yello’ Blackberry Lillies.
My purple mums are on the brink of opening. The buds have been slowly getting bigger over the past couple of weeks. The rain beading up on the leaves was pretty so I couldn’t resist taking a picture.
My new Lobelia ‘Fan Scarlet’ is probably enjoying the wet weather right now. These are water loving perennials so I’ve been trying to keep the soil around them damp. The compost in this bed seems to be helping out with retaining moisture pretty well.
Another perennial that loves cooler weather is the Dianthus. These bloom in the spring and fall when the temps are lower. I like the star shaped pattern on the face of this flower.
My climbing Rosa ‘Bonita’ that grows on the arch in the Arbor Garden was plagued this year with black-spot and looked pretty pitiful. I cut it back about a month ago and it is putting out healthy looking foliage and now a few buds. It usually does a large flush of blooms in May so it prefers cooler weather too. I will probably find a compatible climbing rose next spring to intermingle with ‘Bonita’ since her companion ‘Nelly Moser’ Clematis was relocated to another trellis this fall.