Thursday, June 11, 2009

Spring Bulbs Blooming for Summer

The daffodil is a usual floral sign of spring, though we only started to enjoy ours in the past week (...of summer, I should point out). The bulk yellow trumpet daffodils in the large raised bed at the side of yard are doing well. However, I also planted a large number of them in the raised bed in the center of the yard and none of those came up. I can only guess that the center raised bed was more exposed and had less snowcover. The drumstick alliums didn't come up there either.
Perennials in large raised bed:

Large raised bed, looking less barren than it did a few weeks ago:

The sloped rock garden is full of color with the pink Phlox subulata, blue grape hyacinths, pulsatillas of various shades, blue siberian squill, and other little plants.

We usually enjoy this stage of the rock garden in May! I am hoping RLM mows the lawn soon, because the abundant dandelions need their heads chopped off before going to seed. Besides, I hate taking pictures when the lawn looks so blemished with weeds.

Drumstick primula (Primula denticulata):

These hardy perennial primulas require continuous moist soil and shade, and I think mine dry out too often for their liking. I wouldn't say it's the best primula for this area, when compared with the auriculas.

Gentiana verna
, the spring gentian. The brilliant blue color of this flower is attention-grabbing, even though it is a small plant. I would just love to see a whole drift of these flowers.

3 comments:

The Garden Ms. S said...

Wow! Your garden looks fantastic. I absolutely love the stone walls of your raised bed.

You don't often see stone these days and when you do it's a real treat.

Karen said...

Congratulations on the new addition! A new potential gardener in the family. It's great that you are back out in the garden again.

Sigrun said...

What beautiful gardens! I have been looking for interesting Canadian garden blogs. I'm glad I found you. I'm in Zone 2b/3 and can have some success, in just the right spot, with Zone 4 plants.