SPRING IS HERE!!

I’m finally convinced that spring is here! Sufficient rain and warmer weather have created ideal conditions for an explosion of blooms.                                                                      Viburnum plicatum & Azalea

Above, Viburnum plicatum & Azalea indica ‘Formosa’

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

Climbing the wall;  Hydrangea anomala petiolaris & Clematis ‘Freckles’ using it for support.

Phlox divericata

The Phlox divericata encouraged to naturalized between the daffodils.

Clematis "asao'
Clematis “asao’

I have pruned all the Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, and almost all the Hydrangea paniculata. I still have to deadhead the Hydrangea macrophylla but I like to attend to those last lest I get too enthusiastic and remove this years flower buds.                                                                             Aesculus pavia

Aesculus pavia

  Pruned some of the clematis that require it and took an inventory of the garden.

Some of the news is not good. I have record losses this year. There is no sign of life on several Clematis, and my favorite Quince ‘Apple blossom’ has bit the dust.

Over the last few years I have let some shrubs go and now they require some drastic pruning. Good thing I bought a good excellent lopper. That is another post, promise.

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POTTING ON..

Another week has just slipped by!  So much garden…so many weeds…so little time.

                                                                               

All the plants started from seed have been ‘potted on’ i.e. planted into larger containers and watered with diluted fish emulsion.

                                                                                                       

I do love the names on some of these tomato plants. “Boxcar Willie”  was a favorite last year, new to us this year is  “One Time Charlie”.  Who makes up these names ?

                                                               

The garden continues to unfold. Below, Clematis‘Liberation’ and ‘Barbara Jackman’ mingle with Viburnum ‘Kern’s Pink’    ( It never was pink. )                                                                              

 Showing off now too, are the early blooming Buckeyes. In my garden I grow three of the species. The early blooming Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia), below…

                                                                                    

  the Painted Buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica) …

                                                                                     

the third,the Bottle Brush Buckeye ( Aesculus parviflora)  is later blooming, end of june. Too bad these are such neglected & underused plants. They deserve a place in any garden with some dappled shade.