All of a sudden, it’s hot out and feels like summer. But the garden is still clothed in the blues and whites of late spring, especially out front. The reds, yellows, and oranges (but especially yellows) of summer are gathering force, not yet ready to bust out. They are delayed in part because of the cold spring, in part because some plants were cut back hard.
Let’s take a tour of what’s blooming in the Front Garden. Our shrub rose ‘Cassie’ by the front door is smothered in small white blooms. Nothing stops this plant.
In other rose-related developments, ‘Sally Holmes’ now has a small truss of rose buds, so we will see some blooms this year after all. As you may recall, she was killed down to the ground over winter. ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ is also growing back, but is not sporting any buds that I can see.
‘Fascination’ Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) is blooming nicely.
Unfortunately I will have to dig up this substantial clump in September when the crew arrives to fix our sewer line, but I should be able to put it back within a day.
After sulking for weeks in the cold, the Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia grandiflora – lower right corner) is finally growing. Normally it would be much larger at this point in the season. For now I’m pinching off the flower buds to help it get bigger. That’s ‘Six Hills Giant’ Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) blooming around the Mexican Sunflower.
Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) is still blooming, much to the delight of the bumblebees.
There’s a clump of Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) near the sidewalk in the Left Bank Bed.
‘Betty Corning’ Clematis has started putting out a decent number of blooms, in both the Sidewalk and Driveway Borders. I would really like a hat that is shaped and colored like a giant ‘Betty Corning’ flower. I’m eager for the red and yellow flowers in these borders to start blooming so I can enjoy the contrast with Betty’s lavender blue.
Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’ is showing some blooms on the tuteur in the Herb/Cutting Bed.
The biggest Clematis news is that the very first buds have started to open on the Clematis jackmanii that twines up the Great Wall of Purple. Though I’d say C. jackmanii has not covered its wall as thickly in foliage as it has the last few years. Perhaps it sustained some damage from winter’s intense cold.
Aside from the containers, the only splash of hot color out front is from the Red Elderberries (Sambucus racemosa). And for the first time I see evidence that something is eating the red berries. I hope this means we’ll be seeing some Cedar Waxwings soon.
Tomorrow I’ll try to provide an overview of the Back Garden.
Is your garden looking more like summer, or more like the end of spring?