Even though our property is on the small side, I go exploring every day—sometimes twice a day—to see how things are coming along. Changes are coming fast and furious at this time of year, and I’m finally making a systematic effort to document as much of it as I can.
|While our climate isn’t really conducive to hostas, they are among my favorite shade plants so I keep trying. This is a cultivar called ‘June,’ surrounded by a sea of Lamium maculatum .’Purple Dragon’.|
|This hosta ‘Sagae’ just came up a few weeks ago—really late because of the cooler than usual weather. To the right is a variegated farfugium (Farfugium japonicum ‘Argentea’) just planted this spring.|
|My favorite shade-loving grass, bar none: Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’). After four years in the ground, it’s finally put on some size (about 15 inches high).|
|Meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegifolium) starting to bloom|
|First flowers on this columbine ‘McKana’s Giant’ (Aquilegia caerulea ‘McKana’s Giant’)|
|Trailing nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) in all their glory. |
They reseed reliably every year.
|Nasturtiums in our backyard succulent bed.|
|‘Black Lace’ elderberry flower head. |
This is one of my wife’s favorite plants.
I can’t wait to see what I might discover tomorrow!
How often do you check for progress in your garden?