Monday, June 01, 2009

Perennials in Bloom

The perennials have burst into bloom, despite the rain's valiant attempt to wash them out.

The coreopsis, verbana and salvia are giving a lovely show, while the daisies, coneflower, and asiatic lilies are preparing to debut their talents very soon.

last year's new perennial bed

Despite my efforts to rip it all out by the roots earlier this spring, the evening primrose is thicker and more lush than ever and is planning a serious explosion of delicate pink flowers in the next week. Don't plant evening primrose if you don't want it everywhere. It's serious about propagation and is uncontrollable, but it fills in nicely between other perennials to give that full "english cottage garden" look.

evening primrose in perennial bed

A couple of early bloomers have already began to integrate with the yellows and purples of the existing blooms.

sunrise coreopsis and evening primrose in the perennial bed

I planted this perennial bed last spring from seedlings I had sown indoors mid-winter. The salvia and verbana did not return this spring, so I had to purchase new plants from the store. I hadn't anticipated them petering out, or I would have sown replacements this winter. The coreopsis, evening primrose, shasta daisies and coneflower have done very well from seed and are highly recommended for this area.

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At 4:31 PM , Blogger Tami said...

Do your families yards look this pretty?

At 9:28 AM , Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

Ian's mom does a nice job with her yard. They live in the woods, and she has done a good job transforming it but still maintaining the wooded feel. I'll get some photos next time I'm over there for you!


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