Cold and rainy again here, but that doesn't stop the plants from growing. I was happy and surprised at what I found in my growing in the garden.
Athyrium nipponicum - Japanese Painted Fern 'Pictum' I thought for sure this wasn't coming back. I'm still missing a couple of others, hopefully I'll see them again. This was the 2004 perennial plant of the year. It's the most beautiful color, I have it growing near my pond.
Clematis and Sweet Peas? How did that happen? I thought I moved this clematis last year, and the Sweet Peas were planted by my littlest gardener when I handed her a few to stick in the ground. Now I guess I let them grow together. They are in a half wine barrel with a large hardy fuchsia in front.
Dicentra hybrida - Fern leaf bleeding heart. I planted this several years ago and it never really grew, now I see flower buds. My Mom has this one and it spreads all over the place.
Dicentra spectabilis - Common Bleeding Heart. I keep getting new plants in this front flower bed. Last year I dug up a large one and divided it. Now several more have come up. I think they are coming up from the roots of the plant that was there.
Buddleia alternifolia - Fountain Butterfly bush. I wasn't so sure this was going to survive the winter, but I see there are some new leaves growing. This gets huge, about 15 feet tall and covered with pinkish purple flowers that I think smell very good. Hummingbirds love it.
Deutzia hybrida 'Pink Minor'. This only gets about 2 to 3 feet high. It has a really pretty arching growth habit. This will be the first year for it to bloom. This is another one I thought might have died. It's covered in buds, so I guess it's just fine.
Deutzia hybrida 'Pink-a-Boo' Another pretty spring blooming shrub. Unfortunately it also has a dead look until early spring when the leaves finally return.
Viburnum plicatum 'Summer Snowflake'. Talk about a slow grower. This has barely grown in 3 years it's been in this spot. It always blooms and the leaves look healthy. Eventually it should be 6 feet, but that will be a long time from now!
Here's the best surprise of all. I received the candle that I won from Darla at Family and Flowers. It smells so good, and the etching on the glass is so cute. There's a little bee flying over tulips. She also sent a surprise for my girls, these cute bubble rings which they loved and played with all evening. Thanks again Darla!!
My plan for today is get some more compost. The weather is supposed to improve beginning tomorrow, they are saying sun. I hope that's right! I'd also like to plant some of the winter sown seedlings.