Bloom wise, not much happening here yet. The tulips are all faded, but they had a really good spring. With weather that’s been cool and kind of rainy, they’ve thrived. Someone should tell these red tulips that their time is over. Standing tall in the bed amongst the fading purple ones, they don’t seem to know.
The daffodils are nearly done too, and we’re in the in-between stage. The roses are storing up their energy for next month’s GBBD, and they want you to be sure and come back then. Poor dears, they get their feelings hurt if no one comes to visit.
In the meantime, here are the few things actually blooming at my house that I didn’t buy already blooming from the nursery. On the left is the front garden from a different angle. When she moved to Anacortes, WA, Wanda gave me this sweet, Hypertufa birdbath she made from a bowl and something else for the stand. Someday, when I’m not running red dirt children everywhere, I want to make my own giant leaves, birdbaths and faces. (You make the faces with Halloween masks.)
This morning, I went to three garden nurseries: the local folks at TLC and two box stores. When I draw a landscape plan, I include a plant list and where the plants are available. My nursery trips were to find certain items I included on my clients’ plan. However, I brought home plants for myself. I bought a new type of Euphorbia ‘Halcyon.’ It isn’t blooming yet, but I planted it next to the Euphorbia on the left. I can’t remember its name, but I may have a tag somewhere. I bought it from the now defunct Satterlee’s Landscape Nursery, which bit the dust last summer. Another good one gone.
The lime green saucers on top of the leaves are the blooms. Because most Euphorbias have a poisonous milky sap, it’s advised that you wear gloves while planting them or while trimming off the blooms. I wear gloves most of the time, but I haven’t noticed the sap to be a problem.
After reading an excellent article last year on Euphorbias and how they love dry shade, and that deer don’t like to eat them, I decided I had to try them. TLC has a bunch of different ones to choose from this spring.
Another new thing I’m trying this year are Supertunias. I’ve got two varieties, a pink and a dark purple. Supertunias are hybridized by Proven Winners. They are supposed to be much hardier and more prolific. So far, they look good. It will interesting to see how they do once the heat gets here. I’ve noticed that the bloom is a little smaller and of more substance than a normal petunia.
That’s all I’ve got for Bloom Day. To find other Bloom Day posts, go visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. There are quite a few this month, so I should
have some good reading tonight. Thanks Carol.