After a rainy deluge the past few days and warmer than normal night temperatures, the ornamental garden is beginning to push and pull, expand and spread, and move closer to my goal of color, pattern, and smiles. It was just last week that I completed a photo tour and many plants have started blooming since then and demanding a touch more attention.
I am still on hold with my shade garden construction due to the heavy rains and the wait for the builder of the home next door to address the flooded ground that he created. Drainage is essential and I can’t plant, construct, commit to the garden until I have positive water removal after the spring rain pattern slows down. That is not stopping those shade loving plants that I have been purchasing from growing, sprouting, and blooming.
My other rain delayed project is my back hillside where I stopped construction of terraces once freezing weather appeared. I can’t wait to get restarted once the clay has dried a bit and slipping is no longer an issue. Perennials are returning on completed terraces and annuals like Sweet Potato Vines need to be planted – late frost permitting.
So lets take a look! Probably the most fascinating progress is being made by my Japanese azaleas (future shade garden) which started blooming yesterday and are a beautiful pink-lavender mix but the blooms have very narrow petals giving them a distinctive oriental look which is what I wanted. The large deciduous native azaleas are ready to explode in yellow and orange and have even sprouted newly minted leaves beneath the swollen flower buds. Hopefully, on my next report, they will be in full bloom.
Another eruption this past week are the Hosta. Strong, bold sprouts are emerging from both where I originally planted them and where I repotted them to move to the shade garden. Yellow, blue, and bright green leaves are unfurling just like a flag on July 4th. It’s amazing to see the daily progress!
All Winter I have been following progress of several groups of wildflowers in my sunny garden area off the back porch and today all three bloomed for the first time. That’s a sure sign Spring is here! The first is a California wildflower, Five Spots, and the second is Blue Eyed Mary. The third is more familiar and also native to California – the Orange Poppy. For all, its their second year of self-seeding and also a reminder to read the label on mixed flowers as I had no idea I was buying a California wildflower mixture.
I have dozens of more photos on this circuit of the garden but I wanted to share some of the more unique plantings and I have got to get busy with my 2020 Garden Projects. Thanks for enjoying with me!