Some days are just beautiful. Not perfect, because perfection doesn't exist, but simply fabulous, anyway. Today was such a day.
Columbine and chrysoganum (Green and Gold)
'Stellar Pink' dogwood
the dogwood garden
Since my seed-grown lavender plants are 2 inches tall, I bought a sweet lavender plant from a local organic herb farm to fill the urn.
Chickadees are nesting in this house.
'Dark Towers' penstemon, amsonia 'Blue Ice', and 'Autumn Charm' sedum and a lone tulip in a partially shady spot.
Variegated Solomon's Seal near the dogrun
My long back border is mostly dry shade.
Native red columbine in my newly redesigned shade garden
The plants are slowly filling in and some are still just starting to break dormancy.
I wish they'd speed up!
Golden Alexanders (Zizia aptera)
'Blade of Sun' snowberry (Symphoricarpos) is a very dwarf shrub I added to another shady spot last fall. I love the way it appears to glow.
My teensy bog garden is between the snowberry and the metal dogrun fence. I don't think the plants survived the winter but replacements are on the way.
Native diervilla lonicera and diervilla rivularis thrive in dry shade. I have soaker hoses on the variegated cultivar diervilla 'Cool Splash' to keep it moist this summer.
Possibly 'Pink Champagne' clematis. But possibly not.
It's the earliest blooming of all my clematis.
Clematis and 'Prague' viburnums
The perfect way to end the day.