Category Archives: blue

Notes for next year

Early spring is a great time to think about next year.  The snowdrops blooming under the hellebores in front were charming:  definitely order and plant more around hellebores next fall.

The tommy crocuses really came into their own this year.  They love the sun and open up beautifully on a bright winter day.  This February photo doesn’t really do their color justice.Tommy crocusesIt would be good to plant more on the far (street) side of the maple tree this fall.

Seeing the brilliant blue of the ordinary grape hyacinth in someone else’s garden reminded me of how lovely they can be, especially en masse.  These are some strays near the oak tree.underrated grape hyacinths

On a related note, the chionodoxa in the back corner is really starting to look like a sea of blue, especially from a hazy distance.  This is not a great photo (click through) but will remind me where to plant them next fall.  They’d look great under the viburnums, too.sea of blue

The hellebores have been so lovely this year, and the walkway garden so puny that it occurs to me to move and plant some hellebores along there, especially in the middle where it’s pretty shady.  I think they are just the right scale for this small space.DSC00907

Finally, the oak tree garden is, as always, a delight.  The ever-growing sea of winter aconite has turned into fringed leaves by now.  As the daffodils start to bloom on the other side of the tree, it’s a reminder that this side could use some, too.left side needs daffodilsMaybe some little ones to show prettily among the aconite foliage.

Progress on the sunny border

It’s planted out with everything I had planned, and then a few more.  The latest additions are a few plants from WFF:  a tiny little Asclepias incarnata Cinderella that is barely worth the price (though I have high hopes for its future); an Achillea filipendulina Gold Plate that should add some dancing yellow color near the edge of the border; and an Echinops ritro ruthenicus (known to most of us as globe thistle) with its jagged leaves and architectural height.  Here’s someone else’s  picture of it.

Here’s a look a the border today:  still pretty puny but everything is growing and thriving.  The grass at the bottom of the picture is pennisetum (fountain grass).  The butterfly bush from my neighbor anchors the top.  I still have high hopes for a late summer mass of tall flowering plants in shades of blue, yellow and pink.