Bleeding Hearts Come Full Circle

The bleeding hearts are going to seed. This is a plant that scatters its seed a little, but is easily controlled. They are very nice around potentially leggy things like roses and lilies.

A red bleeding heart with seedpods that are nearly full sized. The clump of debris hanging over the seedpod on the left is a cluster of elm seeds. Photographed on June 14, 2019.

A month ago today, the bleeding hearts in the full shade of the house were in bloom; the red bleeding hearts started blooming a couple of days earlier. With even a little sun, the soil warms a little faster and plants bloom a little sooner. Continue reading “Bleeding Hearts Come Full Circle”

Evolution of a Flower Bed

The space under the witch hazel was rendered very sparse by the Scilla bifolia purge last year. The Diamond Tiara hostas survived being lifted, put aside, and put back. The hyacinths that have been there for decades survived being rearranged. The Scilla bifolia seedlings that had the temerity to sprout have been removed.

Time to look at the rest of this rather bare flowerbed and scout for new residents.

The hostas, Diamond Tiara, are filling out nicely. Photographed on May 27, 2019.

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A Quick Peek Into the Backyard

The continual rain has made it very hard to keep the lawn tidy. It’s never good to mow wet grass, but with a reel mower, it’s virtually impossible. Fortunately everything else has been very lush, even if a little behind schedule, for the same reason. Here is the entry into my backyard from the driveway.

Plants in bloom and almost in bloom, clockwise from the left: kousa dogwood, Amsonia (a few, just barely in the frame on the right), white peonies in full bud, alpine columbines, and Baptisia australis in full bud point right back to the dogwood. Photographed on June 2, 2019.

Late spring and early summer flowers are beginning to show, while the early spring flowers are producing seed, including one of next year’s weeding projects—silver maple seedlings. I can reduce the number of seedlings by raking soon, but I will not get them all.

Editing the Hosta Border—Deadheading and Tidying

The bluebells were the splashy stars of April, but by mid-May, they are winding down.

The mature bluebells have no pink left. The two thin white lines are all that remains of two fertilized flowers—these are the pistals. Photographed on May 14, 2019.

They go fast at this point. Continue reading “Editing the Hosta Border—Deadheading and Tidying”

So, How Wet Was May?

I am not really sure. We have had moisture streaming up from the Gulf and dumping on us continually all month, in highly localized storms. The Weather Service says about 2 ½ inches for us, for May. Many towns around us have had flooding, and some severe, but we have not. I love rain, but I am tired of it. A week off would be nice. It is squelching out there, despite less than an inch of rain last Saturday. Continue reading “So, How Wet Was May?”

Solomon’s Seal, True and False

I never thought of Solomon’s seal as a garden plant—it was a plant from botany field trips into the woods in college, so I was struck by a neighbor’s planting of dwarf Japanese Solomon’s seal, Polygonatum humile, several years ago. They had planted it in a shady little patch of earth on a street corner with road on one curved side, and sidewalk on the other two sides. At about 6 inches tall, it is a very nice orderly little plant for such a small space. They stand sturdily upright, about a leaf-and-a-half’s distance from stem to stem—with a great texture, and serve as a very nice ground cover.

Dwarf Japanese Solomon’s seal, a terrific ground cover that blooms in May. Photographed on May 26, 2019.

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