Garden Tour … March 24, 2020

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.

Front of house with multi-colored Kalanchoe in front, Japanese Azalea in upper right, framed by ferns and more traditional azaleas yet to bloom in upper center. Note emerging Dutch Iris in center left.

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.

Vinca are blooming for the first time on my hillside. What a neat surprise! I planted 50 of them a year ago and they apparently took hold this winter.

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.

Three Japanese Azaleas will frame the wrought iron fence approaching the shade garden.

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.

Blue Eyed Mary from California.
A Five Spot from the Sierra Nevada.
One of 7 varieties of Hosta.
Orange Poppy.
The Japanese Pieris are in bloom and obviously a bumblebee favorite. Can’t wait for their scarlet leaves to emerge in the coming weeks. A favorite!
Kalanchoe is beautiful and I have a good grouping.
My first trial planting was successful.
I have two varieties of Coral Bells and based on this photo – I want them all!!!
I have actually forgotten the name of this royal blue flower I planted a year ago but it contrasts nicely with the emerging lime-green Creeping Jenny.
Slowly – ever so slowly – the Indian Plantain is moving toward its first blooms.

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!

1 thought on “Garden Tour … March 24, 2020

  1. You lifted my spirits George


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