A few rain showers and some beautiful sunshine have brought much into bloom this week. “Plenty of Pink” seems to be a theme, with dashes of orange, purple, white, and yellow.
ONE – Whatever you call it — Elephant’s ear, Pigsqueak, or Bergenia is in bloom at the top of Lupine Hill. This unknown variety was here when we moved in, and the patch has expanded well to fill this sunny spot. This photo made me realize perhaps I should cut off the winter-damaged leaves, but I enjoy their bronzy tones.
TWO – Last Saturday I mentioned our fruiting cherry trees, but this week the Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’ is showing off. This young flowering cherry tree’s bronzy foliage offers welcome contrast to the enormous dose of green in the garden right now. Maybe bronze and pink should be the theme of this post…
THREE – Lilac buds swell daily, and our pink lilac or Syringa vulgaris will be the first to open this year, perhaps this weekend if we’re lucky.
FOUR – The rhododendron display has officially begun. Six white R. Dora Amateis and one variegated R. President Roosevelt lead the way.
FIVE – I’m finally completing planting 150+ dahlia tubers, and digging holes for the ones along our low black fence has been especially satisfying (no, really!) because of this blooming Ribes odoratum or clove currant right there. Its spicy/sweet fragrance is intoxicating.
SIX – The obvious Queens of the season, tulips are excellent this year on the deck and in barrels. Some late season bulbs like Angelique are yet to open here. While some gardeners and garden bloggers may be over them, I’m hoping tulips last another few weeks. Can’t get enough!
Head on over to The Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday, and visit links in the comments to see what’s in bloom in gardens around the world.