of this rose. The shared name of one of our many cars was just a bonus. When I saw this rose at Lowe’s, at first I couldn’t believe it was still in commerce. But there it was, even in bloom. It was planted about three weeks ago, and is still holding that bloom, even with the cold nights. I couldn’t not buy it, even though it goes against all our rules of rose buying, it is grafted, a hybrid tea,and not from a reputable rose grower. It is lovely. In the front garden, down by the street, at the lowest point of our property, there was some frost. The salvia ‘May Night’ should be all right with the light amount of frost it received. It is a very tough perennial.
Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ is blooming extremely late. It was planted after Christmas, purchased again from Lowe’s, in a combo pack with t. ‘Queen of the Night’, marked seventy five percent off. Since we already had some of the queens in our black garden, this seemed like a good addition. I love the color and form of this little dancer, especially with the blue ajuga in the background. Some very promising lilies are right behind these tulips, I believe they are L. ‘Black Beauty’. It is the black garden after all.
Checking out the exbury and native azaleas for damage, this heavily budded R. ‘Arneson’s Gem’ is raring to go. The coloring on the open bloom is orange, yellow and red. You will be shown the open blossoms of all the deciduous azaleas as they are available, rest assured.
The offspring were all worried about the safety of their respective herbaceous peonies. Some chose to cover theirs. We did not cover ours, and even though there is the most delicate touch of frost on the buds, it is believed that they are unharmed and will bloom around Mother’s Day as usual.
This shot is for
Chuck B., an update of the sambucus ‘Black Lace’. Several flower buds have formed on this new, as of last year, shrub. Our big S. Aurea is also budded. We are expecting to get some berry production from these two flowering beauties, they are planted about ten feet apart so cross pollination is likely to occur.
Not really on the frost damage tour, but on the salad tour, the radishes look ready to eat. The lettuce and spinach under the frost cloth covered cloche are eating size as well. We will have our first food from the garden very soon.
Happily returning to the house after the garden is surveyed for damage and finding none, we spy a new flower on the blue anemone, looking pristine post frost.