Although the garden as a whole doesn’t have a lot of color, if I lean in close, I find so many things like this little skipper on ‘May Night’ salvia. The salvia is blooming earlier than I ever remember. I don’t like its foliage as well as that of S. farinacea ‘Victoria,’ but ‘Victoria’ is barely up let alone blooming its little head off.
Another early bloomer is this heirloom dianthus which I purchased from Steve and Ruth at Bustani Plant Farm a few years ago. He got his plant from Dr. Dirt awhile back. I added one more plant of this dianthus to another space in the garden last year. It blooms with the ‘Karl Rosenfeld’ peonies. The bright color echo is exactly what I wanted, and that makes my heart glad. So many times we plan certain things, and they just don’t come to fruition. Then, sometimes, they do.
While some plants gave up the ghost last winter, others are thriving in spite of the ongoing drought. Remember, though, that most of my garden is on drip irrigation. I only water the one border by hand, and that may not last for long.
A new peony I added to the mix last fall is blooming, and I think I’m going to like ‘Flying Saucers.’ Is there a peony I don’t like you ask? ‘Er no. I love them all. During their short season, they steal the show from every other plant even the roses.
I’m afraid it will be a very different garden this year. All of the crapemyrtles died nearly to the ground, so my somewhat shady garden is now full sun in many places again. I am both dismayed and excited about this. I like full sun, but I was used to the garden being as it was before. I’m upset about the large crapemyrtle in this photo. I haven’t cut it down all the way because I am hopeful the inner trunks survived. The outer ones are split so I know eventually they need to go. However, ‘Nelly Moser’ clematis looks like she’s trying to cover the crape’s knobby knees. I didn’t have the heart to gently pull her away and tell her no.
I spent all of Saturday cutting away crapemyrtle branches and trunks (I have six), and my son helped me haul the debris (eight cart loads of it) to a burn pile. Yes, we can still burn brush in Oklahoma, but will need to wait until after the fire danger subsides. Who knows when that will be?
Not all is bad news though. Many of the columbines reseeded so we’ve gotten some real beauties this spring. I bought a couple more blue ones from Bustani this week, and I put them in today. This is a purple one called ‘Blue Beauty’ I believe. It’s definitely not blue.
I once had some double purple columbines, but they’ve all died out unless some of the small seedlings are those. The doubles don’t seem to come back as long as the singles.
And, now, the other worldly blooms of Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow.’ This is such a cool plant. It always makes me think of martians. Perhaps, it is the name. I have three different euphorbias of this type including ‘Black Bird.’ I’m going to try to keep it alive this year. See, sometimes I kill things too. More often than you know.
We’ll end our walkabout with one of my favorite plants. I cut it back every year because I don’t like when it gets tall and rangy, but check out that fantastic leaf color. Purple smoketree or smoke bush should be grown in every Oklahoma garden, central Texas ones too. It’s a delight, and if you cut it back, it will still bloom on older wood, but stay compact. It’s a worthy plant to be sure.
Thanks for the visit and come back soon. I miss you when you’re not here.