The garden was soggy yesterday after an afternoon storm that brought wind and rain. Temperatures were in the 80s F. this week, but will be 70s today after the storm. It has been a lovely, long spring in the garden. Often we move from winter right into hot summer days and the blooms don’t have a chance to linger.
My mother’s older cousin, Virgie, passed along many of her plants through the years. This rose is one she, my grandmother, mother, my daughter for a time (when she had a yard) and I think another cousin from my generation all have grown. It is sweetly fragrant.
The underside of this heuchera shows reminds me of a young child showing her colorful petticoat. In back, hellebores continue to provide interest. What’s not to love about a plant that will bloom for months without demanding anything. The heuchera was purchased, but the hellebores were passed along by garden club friend Vicki.
Dianthus is an old-fashioned favorite and has been so perfect this spring. It is planted among Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood), both of which were purchased last spring.
More irises have opened this week. Many of mine were passalongs from a former neighbor, Henrietta on Wave Road, circa 1977. (Columbine has spread to every corner of the garden, not always creating the best color combinations. Time to cut it back.)
Though there are lots of bold colors in the garden, the soft fresh greens of spring are evident everywhere. The redbud in the southwest corner is another passalong from friend, Chase. I spotted two volunteers yesterday I hope to pot up and pass on to another gardener. Passalongs carry happy memories.
Beautiful. We had one sunny day last week and the forecast calls for one sunny day next week. Mud season here. 🙂
I love passalongs, I have several trees grown from seed in my garden, getting bigger and bigger. I think those old fashioned roses have the best fragrance.
Rain☔ is the Best medicine for the Flowerz🌹🌻 or plants🌿🌱🍃
It is always so nice to think of the people who shared their plants with you. Your garden is looking so lovely.
Your garden looks fresh and cheerful, Susie. I envy you the rain, although there’s a slim chance we’ll get a little here on Monday, which would be utterly remarkable!
I think passalong plants are a lovely way to connect with family, friends and neighbors. I often give away succulent cuttings and, right now, I’m wondering if my any of my neighbors might accept some of my excess dahlia divisions. I may have to pot them up to get foliage growth before anyone here will take me up on the offer..
Very pretty photos with the sparkling raindrops. I really like the combination of Powis Castle and dianthus. Spring is the best!
Passalongs are such a great idea. Half my garden has arisen from them. Your irises look sumptuous. Mine will probably flower in a couple of weeks I hope.
Is that columbine native? It looks like what grow in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
We are having a very wet April. You capture the raindrops on the flowers beautifully.
I didn’t remember that you had a Cercis – I’m very envious. I like the Iris too. I had to smile when I read about the Dianthus and Artemisia Powys Castle, just what was in my vase this week!