There is not a lot of red, bright red, here in the Fairegarden.
A little goes a long way. (Do you see Kitty lying in the path, right under the fairegarden watermark?) There are a couple of Walmart tulips in clusters, the opening photo, and some T. ‘Orange Purissima’ along the brick edging.
The lawn/meadow is coming along nicely. Spring and summer bulbs added to the Kentucky blue grass and tall fescue allowed to grow tall and flower makes for a happy place for people and pollinators. More will be written about the lawn in the future. The tulips shown above have just begun opening. Fifty were planted last fall. The red dots will enliven all that green, white and yellow of Narcissus jonquilla simplex in the foreground. It goes without saying, more are needed.
The Japanese cutleaf maples are leafing out, ready or not. Mister Old Man Winter might have a late freeze in his bag of tricks yet, but we hope not. The chartruese of the hellebores and emerging Hosta ‘White Feather’ complement the red leaves of Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’. Not seen but still in existence nonetheless is A. ‘Crimson Queen’ on the other side of the pond.
Athena holds court over a potpourri of plants, but her ever constant consorts are the red and silver leaved Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’. A smidge of red comes from the Fritillaria meleagris bud in the lower left quadrant of the image.
Even the unfurling stems of the Maidenhair fern, Adiatum pedatum begin life with a rubyish richness, to later turn into shiny ebony stems with gossamer green leaves. The oldest of the hypertufa troughs has developed a miniature tapestry garden of its own, with some things dying out, leaving the survivors to carve out more territory. Ajuga ‘Silver Bells’ is coming into sapphire bloom and volunteer forget me nots add a lighter shade of pale.
Little bits of red are just the accessories needed for the spring garden finery.