It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a monthly meme where garden bloggers across the country and around the world share what’s flowering in their gardens. It's a fun way to see lots of gardens and I try to participate when I can.
Here’s a round up of what’s in bloom here at Bloomtown.
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' mingling with Anemone blanda make a cute couple.
This is Kalmiopsis leachiana 'LePiniec', a very dwarf native shrub. It's the most uncommon plant I have to show today and I rarely see it for sale. I got mine years ago at our HPSO Plant Sale from one of the many speciality growers we have in this area. It has always looked good and blooms reliably every year. It's small and compact; no more that 18 inches wide and about 12 inches tall.
I think the multicolor blooms of this unknown variety of pulmonaria (lungwort) are sweet.
Coarse, apple green blooms of the Helleborus argutifolius are still looking good. In a couple of weeks when I see signs of strong emerging foliage at the base, I'll cut the blooming stalks off at ground level to allow the whole plant to refresh itself with new foliage.
This is Helleborus x sternii 'Hot Flash'. It used to be on offer at Xera Plants, but I believe they've moved on. So many plants so little time, I suppose.
This tiny little daffodil (Narcissus 'Minnow') has been happily multiplying in my garden for years. Its smaller stature and finer, less bulky foliage makes for a post-bloom dieback that's a bit less of a mess.
I don't know the variety of this chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinensis) but it's blooming quite early this year.
Delicate white blooms of Mukdenia rossii are lovely.
I'm on the fence about this evergreen perennial. The blooms of Iris japonica are quite lovely but it's showing signs of being an overly strong grower. In my small garden, I keep a close watch on plants with pushy behavior and take them out if they look like they'll cause trouble. Let me know in the comments if you have anything to say in defense for this one.
The blooms are a bonus, but I especially like Pieris japonica 'Little Heath' as its new bronzy foliage emerges.
I posted about this species peony (Paeonia mascula ssp. russoi) the other day. You can see here how much it changes; the foliage is now fully emerged and has a bit of a bronzy cast.
Veronica 'Georgia Blue' is common and a bit pedestrian but I think it's worth growing. Tough, dependable, reliable; these are good things in my book.
So, there you have it, a blooming tour of Bloomtown. Thanks for stopping by!