Tuesday, May 24, 2011
3 Firsts for 2011
There's just something about the first of everything, isn't there...the novelty and excitement of finally seeing emerging foliage again and, of course, the first of the flowers. Even though there's something new in the garden every day, I chose these 3 to share with you. First up is the first of the Lupines. This is from a mixed pack I got last spring, and while they bloomed last year, they were a little sad. This year, they are back and bigger than ever...all pushing up lovely foliage and now, their beautiful spires of blooms. Love this pink/white bicolor...looks sensational being embraced by its neighboring catmint.
First Allium,'Purple Sensation'
I grew the smaller Allium sphaerocephalon (Drumstick Allium) last year for the first time and loved them, loved how they mingled with other plants, yet were totally invisible while not blooming. Last fall, I decided I wanted more, but strangely couldn't find any...so got some 'Purple Sensation' instead. While the foliage leaves a bit to be desired (yellowing even before the blooms start) the flowers are sensational and the color combos with neighboring plants (like the Clematis recta purpurea pictured above) are lovely.
First Columbine, 'Tequila Sunrise'
And, of course, there are the Columbines. After 'Lime Frost' failed to return this year, 'Tequila Sunrise' is my only Columbine at the moment. It makes up for it by blooming in different colors on each plant I have! This one is definitely the red/yellow combo that they are supposed to be...but the neighboring plant is two-tone yellow. Can't say I mind, though...it ads a little fun and spontaneity to the grouping.
How about all you...do you have any exciting "firsts" in the garden this week?
UPDATE: Well, I wrote this post yesterday, this morning, when I went outside to check on the garden, someone had broken off the Lupine bloom for themselves :-( Looks like Old Man Weber has to sit on his porch with a shotgun tonight.