Today has been a quiet day. When you're a military daughter, wife, and mother Memorial Day means more than just cookouts and a chance to sleep in. It's a reminder of how grateful I am they all came home. I spent the morning in the garden, the best place for sorting through my thoughts.
This urn of hens and chicks sailed through our bitterly cold winter without any problems.
A lot of my sedums seemed to have thrived in the sub-zero temps this winter.
I thought this pot was a bit boring so I added some rocks and a cool woolly thyme.
I'm a tactile person and love plants with soft or interesting textures.
This native clematis crispa is taking over the fence.
But I don't mind. It's flowers remind me of an octopus.
Centaurea dealbata is also known as Persian Cornflower.
It grows at the edge of the rain garden in a moist but well drained spot.
Anthemis 'Susanna Mitchell', also known as marguerite, is an early bloomer.
'Sarah Bernhardt' peony and 'Evisix' clematis
Bowman's Root and anemones
I added some river oats (chasmanthium) to the spot between the crepe myrtle and the Bowman's Root but it's still small.
I plopped these 'Berry Fizz' heucherella into this spot last fall after nearly killing them in too much sun and they're thriving.
They have beautiful dappled foliage that my cheapo camera managed to NOT capture.
Honeybee on the tradescantia
The stamens remind me of fuzzy feathers.
I've decided to move my sweet potatoes out of the NanoFarm and into Pottersville, my container garden. The foliage will cover the ugly little concrete chunks holding up my pots and cascade down the steps. At least that's the plan.
Every year I grow Bush Porto Rico sweet potatoes ordered from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. They're excellent for small spaces and the potatoes are creamier than the ones in the grocery store.
The shade garden is filling in. This area receives morning sun and afternoon shade.
'Blue Ice' amsonia and a pink penstemon digitalis grow in dry partial shade. Native white penstemon digitalis and Western Indian Physic (porteranthus stipulatus) growing in the back will be blooming soon.
I bought this off the sale table a few years ago.
Native honeysuckle has taken over the fence in the dog run but no one minds.
Mystery pink clematis