There’s a new girl in town that I would like you to meet.
Sedum kamtchaticum ‘Variegatum’She can be seen from the blogging station in the addition while gazing out to the garden from the lazyboy. And boy, there is quite a bit of lazy gazing being done here lately. Do you see the two hummingbird feeders hanging on either side of the sliders? They already have customers. Just watching them provides hours of entertainment. Our new lady is at the base of the tallest pink dogwood.Her name and weight were on a label inside the opening in her tresses. Sleeping Maiden. Sixty pounds. She has been planted with the sedum shown in the first photo. Something demure to not draw attention from the faire maiden.She was sitting on the covered porch of a nearby favorite garden shop. The Potting Shed is less than a mile from my house and stocks interesting garden art along with plants and shrubs. Most of their business is from landscaping jobs rather than off the street customers, but I am a regular there and we are on a first name basis. I went to see if the annuals had arrived yet. I like to get there early for the best selection. The plants had not yet been delivered, any day now they said. After chatting a little and catching up with family news, I spied her, sitting right by the doorway. It was love at first sight.The guys lifted her to the back of the gas guzzler and secured her with bags of potting soil that just happened to be in the car so she would not roll around on the wild drive home. This is sarcasm dear readers, for those driving days are long past. But we still did not want her rolling around back there.Kitty came out for some fresh air and bird watching as our maiden was being photographed. The newly blooming orchids were placed on the dogwood to get into the shot. It is obvious that we need to add red to this bed for more pizzazz.On the left is a species, Cattleya skinneri. The smaller orchid is Slc ‘Jewel Box-Scheherazade’. It might not be visible in this photo, but these orchids are growing in wine corks.To the left of our new addition is the concrete shell planter that is really a fountain that sprung a leak. Resting on flue tiles for added height, it has been a faithful bloomer with the sedums, moss and creeping plants through the years.It is a splendid spring day. The morning sun is spreading brightness across the garden. This is the view from the garage deck towards the southwest corner of the property. A yellow circle has been drawn around the new acquisition to give some perspective. The shell planter is just below the circle. It is hard to sit inside on days like this.Did I mention that the deciduous azaleas have begun to bloom? R. ‘Admirial Semmes’ begins the show with a fragrance that turns our head every single time we pass that area. Every time, with a smile.
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. In 1970 this day was chosen in the US to bring awareness about the environment and the human impact upon it. A post was written last year that still reflects well our thoughts about taking care of our planet for the future. Click here to read about Azalea Earth Day. It remains one of my favorite posts.