Cathy of Words and Herbs gardens in Bavaria and recently suggested posting a week of flowers, one or more photos a day of our flowers and gardens to brighten and cheer us all.
For Day Three I went back to April to show a glimpse of the Southern Side Path. This garden is a narrow strip running alongside the garage giving access to the main garden in back. (You can see the neighbors’ gate on the left, ours on the right.) The yellow iris is a particularly fragrant pass-along iris I’ve had since the late 1970s, brought to this garden when we moved here in 2001. Just before the entrance gate is Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ which bloomed particularly well this spring.
This is the view looking up the path toward the street. Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ also had an exceptional year
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That Baptisia is so pretty! I remember seeing it on a blog (maybe yours!) some years ago and tried to grow it, butI think my old garden was simply too dry. Beautiful Clematis too. 😃
Thanks Cathy! Recommended water needs for this plant are listed “Low to Medium,” but we had a fair amount of rain this year which I believe helped the baptisia do better than usual. Looking for images to post this week has been fun!
Wonderful baptisia Susie – I just have the straight species – very pretty and gradually gaining ground in my heavy soil. But yours is definitely something to look out for!
Thought you might enjoy knowing more about Purple Smoke. It was discovered by Rob Gardener, late curator of the North Carolina Botanical Gardens here in Chapel Hill, where it was growing in one of the trial beds and was introduced by Niche Gardens, also of Chapel Hill. (Sadly Niche Gardens closed in October 2019.) Kim Hawks, former owner and founder of Niche Gardens, is known for other introductions, including ‘Kim’s Knee High’ echinacea and Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore.’
Thanks so much for the information – I have copied and pasted. Will see if it’s available here, but with that pedigree, probably not.
Hello again – I have just (can’t quite believe it) found a plant from one of my favourite French nurseries – so THANKS
That’s exciting Cathy!
A beautiful blue and gold path! I can imagine that springtime fragrance from the irises.
What a beautiful mix, Susie! One of the Swedish bloggers I followed commonly posts spring and summer photos during the winter months rather than when she takes them. It seems a good way to boost one’s spirits when the garden is looking dismal.
Thanks Kris. It has worked for me this week. It’s been fun to see what everyone has found to share. Thought you would join in too? A few more days!
A GORGEOUS trio to warm our hearts – thanks for sharing the beauty, Susie!
Thanks Eliza, I’m appreciating your beauties this week too.
The clematis is a plate of purple! Fab
Isn’t it amazing? The foliage turns brown every year but I saw on A Gardeners World, which I discovered this year, one should cut the plant back to the ground and it would be ok. Unfortunately it didn’t grow back very much but I hope it’s stronger this spring.
I wonder if your climate impacted on the vigour of the regrowth? G W is usually reliable in its advice.
Possibly. It gets really hot and humid in summer. It looks like it’s recovering now so expect it to wake up in February/March ready to go again.