Late Spring Update

The colorful tulips are all but gone. Only the free-with-my-late-Fall-order Queen of the Night tulips are left blooming. Not as tall as Karen's from last year, but that could be because mine were planted in a shady spot by the garage.

I planted another freebie in that bed-- a Northern Lights Azalea. At last year's neighborhood garden tour, some folks were giving away three of these shrubs as they needed more sun. I took one and for some reason I thought the new bed by the garage would be a perfect sunny spot for it. It actually only gets about two-and-a-half hours of sun a day. Before this week, I figured the poor thing was dead, but its got a few nice yellow and white blooms on it now!

There are a few other flowers out now. Surprisingly few of the daffodils I planted have bloomed. There's lots of green, just few flowers.
A Columbine and yet another freebie, a giant Allium are also in flower now.Like many gardeners, I enjoy purple plants. Several of mine are coming along. Penstemon 'Husker's Red' (I think) and 'Purple Palace' Heuchera.

I am looking forward to two new Geraniums planted last Fall. My 'Purple Emperor' Sedums should be a good size this, their third, year.I am also really looking forward to my three Clematis vines. The Huldine is on its forth year and the Clematis 'General Sikorski' is finally coming on in its second year. I just planted a third clematis, a 'Ville de Lyon' and have ordered a 'Niobe' that should arrive soon.


  1. BHBF (kitty-kitty's mom) said... May 24, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    I really enjoy visiting your garden page. Also, thanks for all the flowers you have given me this Spring!

  2. It's amazing for me to sit here in the south of France and look at pictures of your far-North Springtime. Tulips here bloom in March or April; we are now in full Summer and the temperature here yesterday was in the mid-nineties. I spent much of the day in the pool, enjoying the last pleasures of a house which has been sold: maybe I should have opted for a colder but stabler lifestyle. Tulips in late May may seem strange to me; but at least they're yours for good.

  3. BHBF (kitty-kitty's mom) said... June 2, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    Elleni....I sent a copy of your Garden Notes to my friend Michael in France. He is the one who posted the comments above. He just sold his house in France.

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