The spring rains are really making the garden pop right now. Starting in the upper left hand corner is the small buds of the native Skullcap Hyssop that I purchased two years ago at a local native plant sale. The tiny flowers will open in a mass of violet-lavender blooms soon. Across from that is the first flower of the Thalia Narcissus I planted last fall, followed by the buds that haven’t quite opened yet. That shade of pale yellow is really a nice addition to the woodland & arbor gardens at the moment. Next I found that the Nelly Moser Clematis (bottom left photo) is making buds as well as growing like crazy. After moving it this past fall to the back of the arbor garden to grow on my new trellis I got for my birthday I’m pleased with the growth it has put out so far. Soon I hope it will grow up the new trellis and create some vertical interest on the privacy fence. I’m going to put more trellises up on the open expanses of fenceline to create more growing space for all the annual vines I want to plant this spring. The last photo (bottom right) is the evergreen creeping phlox. I finally was able to capture this pale lavender shade on my camera. It really is a nice groundcover at this time of the year in my front foundation beds. Since it grows & expands so rapidly I will be dividing it this fall to spread throughout other areas of the garden. Spring is here at last with all the buds and blooms popping up all over the garden.
Buds & Blooms