Saturday, May 31, 2008

In the Garden Today

Spring is finally here, though unusually cool, which has put us behind about a week or two in terms of spring blooms and growth. Despite that, we've got a lot of activity in the garden. Here is what's up in the garden today:

Astilboides tabularis

This thing gets HUGE leaves. Lots of garden catalogs carry it, but you still don't see it in many gardens. Great impact plant!

Hosta 'El Nino'

If you know me, you know I love my hosta. This is one is particularly gorgeous. Its leaves stay this great grey-blue color all summer long with the creamy margin. Beautiful!

Hosta "Paradise Glory"

Another favorite hosta of mine. This variety has a fast growth rate and really makes a statement when it is at peak during the summer. The outer margin stays a dark green and the inner variegation turns bright gold-green. Wow!

Hosta "Sum and Substance"

This is an old standard and is the largest gold hostas on the market. The leaves can get to be about 20 inches across and the clumps up to 3 feet high by six feet wide. AMAZING! Himeko, the hosta lady at the farmer's market, said to me last week that seeing Sum and Substance makes her feel strong and full of vigor. I concur.

Poppies. Poooooopppppies.

No, these aren't the opium poppies that the Wicked Witch sent Dorothy. These are just the old orange poppies that every grandma has. I especially love poppies in this condition. The flower heads are all fuzzy and nodding. If you've ever had the fortune to actually see one go in to bloom, the fuzzy outer coating of the flower head actually kind of pops off as the flower bursts into bloom. Not sure if that is how they got their name, but it is cool to see if you can.

Here is what's going on under the deck right now. The lamium are going completely mental, the irises are looking good, the clematis is making its way up the obelisk, the Endless Summer hydrangea is starting, the astilbes and huecheras are growing. This all just seems to have happened in the last two weeks. Very fun.

Arisaema (or Jack in the Pulpit)

Hi Jack! I love these thing. I remember being fascinated by them as a kid too.


kirelimel said...

Must you outdo everyone in EVERYTHIG? geez. BEAUTIFUL - I want a yard like that- but we get to put up a tacky above ground pool and have a sandbox, swingset and badminton. Oh, and don't get me started on what BIG DOG does to the backyard. Love the hostas- I want to put some in this year and I now want the giant leaf plant too.

michaelg said...

Hellooo? Above ground pool? Party at your house??
If you ever want to go plant shopping, I will go just about any time of day or night. Really, I will. We should go to Funkie Gardens in Prescott, WI. Cool shade garden place, and funky.

Mnmom said...

MG - I have such yard envy it's ridiculous. I was thinking how much my Mom and Dad would have loved your gardens. They loved flowers, and would have been drooling over yours. I just potted up a few today, and will be potting my basil, cilantro, tomatoes and banana peppers later. Yes, I know, so lesbian! But I think the thunderstorms have another idea.