Thanks to our friend, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, all garden bloggers have a once-a-month chance to show off what’s blooming in our gardens. Carol was inspired by Elizabeth Lawrence (one of my favorite garden writers), when Miss Lawrence wrote that “[w]e can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”
The phlox continue to bloom with abandon, and a few daffodils still linger along with violas and pansies; but this month, in my garden, it’s all about containers. Once my Lenten sacrifice ended on Easter, I felt starved for color. I went to all of my favorite nurseries (except Bustani which is only open on Saturdays) and gathered up plants for my containers. Two of the places I visit are box stores. I can hear you shuddering, but in Oklahoma, Home Depot is about the only place that carries a lot of Proven Winners plants. I wanted ‘Diamond Frost’ Euphorbia and Supertunias. They fill an area with color. I also went to the Edmond Lowe’s whose garden manager is a biologist. He picks out some really good plants. He is especially fond of hardy tropicals, but I digress. TLC Nursery carries some Proven Winners’ plants, but not as many as Home Depot. Be assured, I also visited TLC and my favorite, local nursery, Guthrie Greenhouses. By the way, the owner of Guthrie Greenhouses has again expanded. She has some wonderful, unusual plants, and many of the trees are half off. I also hit Davison’s Nursery in Edmond too. That’s where I got the variegated lantana and the variegated Swedish ivy. It took two shopping days to round up all of the plants.
Since last year, I’ve been using glazed, cobalt blue pots, and I found some very reasonably priced ones at Westlake Ace Hardware in Edmond. This big round one sports a very tall purple fountain grass with some trailing beauties underneath. I’m going all traditional with some of the pots this year, and I decided I wanted red Pelargoniums, a/k/a geraniums. I’m also using white and blue, not because I’m feeling super patriotic today, but because these colors look clean and crisp. In this photo, I can see that our furniture needs to be stained, and so does our house. We power washed the logs a couple of months ago, but with the good weather, it’s paving season, so who knows when it will be stained. Next month, I hope to order new cushions for the furniture. These green ones are twenty years old.
I also found another Japanese maple, Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’ to go in the other pot opposite the back door. Under it I planted Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola,’ a Euphorbia hybrid ‘Kalipso’ and a variegated sedum.
Here’s a shot of one of the pots with the red Pelargonium and a cute dahlia I found at Guthrie Greenhouses. I really love the dwarf dahlias. They don’t seem to be as afflicted with insects as the larger varieities are here.
That’s the best of my bloom day. I hope you’re having sunny weather where you are. If you’d like to read more bloom day posts, head on over to Carol’s May Dreams Gardens.