It’s Memorial Day weekend, and at our house that means flower-planting time, weather permitting. The weather has been excellent, and all the planting has been finished on schedule. This front bed between the front sidewalk and the driveway is the only one where I fuss a bit. On Thursday I had some time and got most of the weeding and edging done, finishing it Saturday morning. Then I went out to buy annuals and a few perennials. This bed gets Impatiens along the outer edge, always the best performer in our shady yard. The inner section is nearly all perennials, mostly summer bloomers just coming up, with a pretty blue annual in the pot up front (and I’ve forgotten the name of that one.) Saturday I planted all day, and on Sunday Ellen helped me do the mulching.
Most of the annuals go into planters around the edge of the yard. Putting them in the ground would be to merely put temptation in the path of the many voles we have that love to eat flowers. If there were a treasure map of our neighborhood, it would be marked with large X’s and the legend, “Here there be voracious voles.”
Here’s a new perennial I’m trying this year, a Coral Bell with reddish leaves. Fills the barrel nicely.
On the front sidewalk I’m trying this Mandevilla flowering vine for the first time, hoping it will climb the porch post. I’ve always wanted to try this, we’ll see how it does. If it does well, I’ll post pictures of our flower-covered porch later in the year. It’s an annual, and rather expensive, but spectacular.
Many perennials from past plantings are now blooming, like this trumpet honeysuckle. It’s a process of trial and error, each year we try a few new ones. Some die, some do poorly, some are eaten. We get to enjoy the survivors over multiple years.
The water-loving Blue Irises in the pond are putting on a great show right now. In the pot in front is another Coral Bell that was in the ground, but doing poorly, so we’ll try it in a pot this year.
Spiderwort is another perennial that does very well here. In fact, we have to keep dividing it and putting it in new places. Doesn’t do as well in the ground as in planters, though, the voles like it, too.
This perennial type of salvia is in a large pot out front, where it’s been coming back strong the last two years. The bees love it.
Both bees and hummingbirds like the Columbines. We put a few in years ago, and they naturalized, coming up all around the edges of the yard.
Okay, one bird picture. Flowers are much easier to photograph, but once in a while I get lucky. This is the often heard but ever elusive Carolina Wren, by far the best picture of one I’ve ever gotten. Tra-la!