Yesterday ended up being COLD and rainy. I wanted to start working on getting the potting bench ready to stain, but it was too cold to stay out for very long. I've heard the word snow mentioned again in our forecast, although they say it will be mixed with rain.
I wanted to check on my Hellebore 'Blue Lady' because I knew she was very close to blooming. Here she is, and I think she's beautiful. There are a couple more buds and they look as if it will be another week or so before they open.
I found a little surprise here. It seems as though the larkspur that barely grew last year reseeded anyway. I found a few of these around, so between these and my wintersown ones I should have lots!
The ligularia dentata 'Othello' is just coming up too. I think the leaves and stems have such a pretty maroon color to them. The leaves get quite big and round, the flowers are tall spikes of an orangish/yellow color. This is one I grow for its foliage.
This clematis is a very fast growing one. If I remember correctly it's called 'Ville de Lyon'. It grows up a post that has a birdhouse on it and gets to be at least 10 to 12 feet tall and just covered with maroon flowers. This and my clematis jackmanii are probably the most prolific bloomers of all the clematis in my yard. I'd say next to hydrangeas, clematis is my other "signature plant."
The peony 'Sorbet' that I bought at the Northwest Flower and Garden show has made its way up, I wonder if I will be lucky and get a bloom or two this year...
This was a real surprise to me, although I'm not sure why since it's usually a spring bloomer. This is deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls'. I've had it for about 4 years and it hasn't grown much in size. It's only about 2 feet high, but it gets absolutely covered in white flower buds that do look like pearls. Once they open it's covered in beautiful white flowers.
Seeing this new growth made trying to take pictures with numb fingers worth it!