Last fall I dug up these hyacinth bulbs and moved them to another part of the yard. That’s the neat thing I’ve learned about them. No matter how often I dig them up, I always seem to leave something of them behind. I’m glad they are still there. Don’t know why I chose to move them in the first place.
The gray plant is Santolina or Lavendar Cotton. It stays this color all winter long. In the spring it gets new greener foliage that gradually turns gray. It gets yellow button-like flowers in the spring but I grow it for its foliage. My purple hyacinths are lovely (smell good too). My Sunsprite roses are beginning to leaf out.
My pulmonaria has started to bloom. The flowers are pretty but I grow it for its foliage. It is interspersed between yellow and blue hostas which are just now starting to poke up from the soil. Pulmonarias, like most hostas, need shady conditions. These are on the north side of our house.
Also on the north side is my PJM azalea. It was just a stick with a couple of leaves on it when I bought it. It is now about 6 feet tall. In the winter its leaves curl up and turn a dark purple. In a few more days the blooms will cover the plant so heavily that the leaves will seem to disappear.
Some of the older leaves of Bergenia look discolored and worn. They have come through the winter with still some green on them. New leaves are starting to form. I love this plant. It will bloom soon but it is another great foliage plant. I have it in more than one place in my yard, but this area is my favorite.
It was windy today and the daffodils all blew around. I don’t know where these white ones came from. I never planted bulbs for this type. I think they were once my Ice Follies that no longer appear. They may have reverted back to an earlier time. The hellebores had greenish blooms when I bought them cheap at the end of spring several years ago. They have since changed colors to purplish and white with still some green blooms in them.
Three low-growing groundcovers fill in between the stepping stones in my garden. The blue is a type of dianthis. The other two are some kind of sedums (I think).
My Lamb’s Ear stays somewhat green all year. It has started to green up a little more for spring.
Arum italicum, rose campion (gray leaves), and the small leaves in the foreground are bellflower. The tiny leaves are some type of weed. The onion-like leaves are wild garlic, a weed that has proven impossible to get rid of, but it dies back in late spring.
Sedum is coming up. I still haven’t cleared away the older stems from last year. The Nicole rose is starting to put out reddish leaves. The creeping phlox beneath it is turning greener.
My hens ‘n chicks have stayed green throughout the winter but they look a little happier today.
Back where we began! The yellow creeping jenny is one of my favorite plants. I leave it in semi-sunny places so it stays yellow. Put it in the shade and it will turn greener. I don’t put mine in shade because I like the yellowish leaves. The greenery in the foreground is creeping phlox. It will be blooming soon.
- April Blooms (perennialgardener.wordpress.com)
- “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2011” and related posts (maydreamsgardens.com)
- Daffodils are in Full Bloom in La Conner (bellinghamsandwich.com)
- 7 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Spring (mytowncryer.com)
- …to feed thy soul. (ourownsweettime.com)