Time for six garden-related updates! I’m joining with gardeners around the globe, under the leadership of Mr. P. in the U.K., posting six things happening right now in our Pacific Northwest garden.
ONE- We have had a week of steady showers and the grass is happy. The two strawberry beds are brimming with blooms. Sunshine is forecasted, as are heaps of berries!
TWO- May is rhododendron month here at Coppertop. The first bush to bloom is always variegated ‘President Roosevelt’ out front, which has grown by leaps and bounds. Then our newish Rhody Grove kicks in with ‘Horizon Jubilee’ (peach) and ‘Fire Rim’ (deeper peach).
THREE- Lilacs have been flowering for a couple of weeks, and their fragrance is wonderful, even in drippy weather. We have seven scattered throughout the gardens in pink, white, and purple.
FOUR- Some of the lilacs border Lupine Hill, which is bursting.
FIVE- Last post I mentioned that we are currently getting our house painted. The painters began with the garden shed, which now bears our new color, a subtle greenish gray. We selected this color to blend in best with our surroundings. As soon as painters completed the shed, we re-installed the trellises for the three clematis that had been languishing on the ground. We also had dozens of nasturtium and sunflower seedlings beyond ready to be planted in the shed’s borders. The seedlings are now in and doing well.
SIX – The progress of the rose garden from end of April to end of May is amazing. Yes, the house has changed color as well (and note a painter’s ladder remains by the chimney!) This rose garden is barely three years old and brings much joy with its 20 rose bushes. The first buds are ready to pop.