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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Columbine and Allium and Wisteria, Oh My! It's Mid-May!

I took most of Friday off. My eye was still bothering me and I was so stiff and sore from working in the garden, so I decided to take it a bit easier.

We went to our usual Friday breakfast, then did some shopping at Fred Meyer on the way home. I spent a little time out in the garden picking flowers for a new kitchen table bouquet. Then I spent about a half hour snipping the heads off spent tulips and poppies. 

While I was out snipping, my eyes were continuously captured by the blooming beauty around me, so after lunch I decided to go out and take a few photos, since the high, thin cloud cover made for good photography lighting. Just as I headed out, it started to rain! But five minutes later it stopped and the sun came out. It's May. May is gentle here. 

The hanging fuchsia baskets Jill and the kids gave me for Mother's Day look happy on the north side of the house.  The hooks were already in place from when we used to have fuchsias years ago. 

Out in the garden, Columbine Time is a lovely season here in the Reeder garden. 

 Last fall, while shopping, we came across a bag of allium bulbs and decided they would be a great addition to this bed. They are!

 As you may have noticed, the glass flowers are blooming too. 

And then, down on the garden deck, there is this!

Tom has been busy washing the windows. We - mostly he - got the insides done Thursday, and Friday he finished all of the outsides. I felt a little guilty, but only a little bit. 
Then I took my Kindle and went down to sit on the deck and smell the wisteria. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Heronswood, Part 2

After touring the areas around the house, we entered back into the woodland garden on the other side of the driveway.
 My botanical expert friends will know the botanical names for many of these plants, but I will call this an Iris cristata and hope I'm right.
 Another orchid. 
 Lots more epimediums. 
 An arisaema emerging from the ground. Around the garden there were lots of these Cobra lilies, or Jack-in-the pulpits, in bloom. 

 The ground is covered with a tapestry of wonderful plants. 

 Deep, dark red, almost black trillium. 
 The naturalized pond. 
 Lovely little Canadian dogwood. 

 Orchids and black trillium. 

 Arisaema in bloom.
 See why they are called cobra lilies. 

 Yellow trillium, fancy Solomon seal, and blue corydalis. 

 A stand of giant Himalayan lilies. They take seven years to bloom, reaching 12 to 15 feet tall. 

 Blue poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia, the Himalayan blue poppy. 
Giant skunk cabbage, a hybred variety. 

 A fancy purple fairy bells, Disporum something. Common ones are yellow.  
And back to where we started. 
Wow! What a garden!

We looked over the plant sale and resisted most offerings. We did come home with a climbing Aconitum. If it grows as advertised, it will far outgrow my new little trellis, but then next year I can put it on a fence. We'll see. Gardening is an unpredictable adventure.