Hello. It’s been a while, I know, but there is still gardening going on at the Fairegarden. Lots of it, as much as possible in every kind of weather. May is a good time of year, the plants are actively growing, the foliage is full and lush and there are flowers. Shown above are the fifth generation of a packet of mixed larkspur sown along the side of the garage. They are glorious.
Stipa tenuissima is blooming now, the feathery tips catch the least bit of breeze to move freely to and fro. They are short lived plants, only lasting a few years, but self sow just enough to provide the perfect amount of froth.
A volunteer Veronica planted itself in a good spot to enjoy the company of lamb’s ear.
Slightly thuggish evening primrose is kept in check by ruthless digging up and moving to the lawn/meadow. It’s hard to hold a grudge when the yellow cups welcome the pollinators so graciously. Stachys officianalis will be protected from being overtaken soon.
Do buds count as blooms? They do in my world. A bud, a flower full or spent, and a seed head all are welcome and appreciated.
Who can resist the broccoli stage of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’? Not I, said the gardener.
Oh, so subtle is the color of Iris fulva ‘Bayou Bandit’. It is nearly grey, but close inspection reveals streaks of pink, blue and lavender.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ even has golden buds that will open to pure white florets. I think the bud stage is so attractive, as is everything about this small shrub.