In our garden, at least, the Tulips in their season are star performers, adding a zingy drama to the area in front of the house.
When they are done, things are quieter for a while. Here’s the Driveway Border, post-Tulip. (Public Service Announcement: do NOT cut back or braid the foliage of Tulips and other bulbs, let them go gently into that good earth).
It’s as if the dramatic stars withdraw from the stage to be replaced by a large but soft-spoken chorus. Here’s the street side of the Parkway Bed.
The newly emerged chorus includes many Wild Geraniums (Geranium maculatum), in lavender …
… and white.
Also in the choir are patches of Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea).
And scattered around are some ‘Pheasant’s Eye’ Narcissus, the last of our Daffodils to show themselves.
I wouldn’t say this period is entirely without drama. There is this patch of ‘Globemaster’ Allium in the Parkway Bed. Only thing is that these flowers are supposed to be up to 10″ wide, which would be dramatic indeed. But because I never bothered to separate the bulbs as they multiplied, these flowers are just a fraction of that size. But there are a lot of them.
Here’s looking at ‘Globemaster’ from the street.
Up by the house, the Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) continue to consolidate into a feathery wall of green, speckled with bits of pink Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis).
The Bleeding Heart are blooming rather sparsely this year, for some reason.
There’s also a patch of ‘Purple Sensation’ Allium in the Crabapple Bed, underplanted with Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum) and White Wild Geranium. I’ll have more to say about this year’s Alliums in a future post.
The first Clematis, ‘Guernsey Cream’, is blooming in the Herbs and Cutting Bed.
There is still one zippy bloom right now: Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). For some reason, most of our Columbines have disappeared over the last couple years. I just planted a few to see if I can get them to reestablish.
It will take a few weeks before the summer blooms turn up the garden’s drama quotient once again.