These rose leaves don’t know it’s winter still. Although I am enjoying them today during our 61 degree weather, I know that they will probably get zapped again by a winter blast. We’ve had freezes as late as April 20th.
Branches of ‘Ogon’/’Mellow Yellow’ Spiraea thunbergii, Sedum repestre ‘Angelina’ and Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella teniussuma) show off in the tiered gardens. The Sedum lasted all winter and developed this lovely bicolor. It is normally chartreuse and goes well with the grass and the yellow leaved Spiraea.
This Mexican Feather Grass is showing green at its base. It is saying “Hurry up Spring.” So am I. In a month or two, I will cut it back to the green and wait for new strands to emerge. I love this grass for its ease of growth and its movement in the landscape. When the wind blows, it makes a swishing sound. It does spread, but I find it easy to eradicate by digging.
This is the foliage of Hemerocallis ‘Rose Fireglow.’ This daylily is an evergreen, which means that every time the mercury rises, ‘Rose Fireglow’ tries to grow. I have it mulched, so it won’t be hurt by the freeze thaw cycle, although I have to watch for heaving. I own a great many daylilies. Some are dormant. Like smart hibernating bears, they spend the winter underground only coming out when the coast is clear. I also have many daylilies that are semi-evergreen and evergreen. These have varying tolerance to the cold.
The beauty above is Heuchera ‘Dolce Blackcurrant,’ a newcomer to the garden having been planted in the fall. Thus far, it has wintered well. We’ll see how it does in the summer. The Missouri Botanical Garden is growing it in their Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Their choices often work well for my climate too. The small leaves in the center are new.
It’s still too early to think about spring, but there are signs of life in my garden.