Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Always a pleasure

Each year we hope that the Chinese Wisteria will bloom simultaneously with the Tree Peonies. This year we've been rewarded once again and the combination is breathtaking.  Wisteria requires specific types of pruning so one doesn't get excess vegetative growth and if the rains are too heavy the tree peonies shatter. So far so good and our efforts come to fruition.

Chinese Wisteria

Tree Peonies

On a side note the flowering season seems back on track, although the laurel looks like Memorial Day and the herbaceous peonies about the same time. Back to the planting boards...


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Merry Month of May

WOW a month has gone by since my last post. You must have been wondering where I was. Well in between hot spells we had sub-freezing nights which kept things at bay for a while. The night time temperatures seem to be holding steady now and we are planting in earnest.
korean azaleas
Most lovely in the spring shrubs are the korean azaleas and several hybrids of Rhododendron yakusimanum. These 2 are hardy souls that deserve a place in your garden. Korean Azalea (Rhododendron poukhanense) is a delicate shade of lavender but I just found a white form (good news). We also found they bloom with Daphne 'Carol Mackie', an added bonus.
hybrids of Rhododendron yakusimanum
I can't resist showing you the first bloom on Iris 'Feedback' it is the second variety of re-blooming Iris we have tried. We are looking forward to another flush in October. Wish us luck!  Now back to planting frenzy...