I thought I would take a walk down the path while it was a little rainy. I wanted to take a closer look at everything. As usual I was surprised at how many plants had buds on them. All of a sudden it seems like it's all growing so fast. It's strange after having such a long cold winter to finally see buds and flowers on so much.
It was overcast and so difficult to get very good lighting. Here are a few things I saw on my walk:
Astillbe, love that color!
Tiarella 'Neon Lights'
Ocean Spray (holodiscus discolor) Commonly grows in the forest as an understory plant. It will get clusters of white, slightly fragrant, drooping flowers.
Pulmonaria and Muscari
Deciduous Huckleberry (vaccinum parvifolium) also common as an understory shrub. It will grow to 3 - 5 feet and produces tart, but delicious small berries. These remind me of hikes in the woods with my family when I was younger.
Hosta 'Love Pat'
Starwort was what this was labeled, but I don't think that's what it is. It grows as a small clumping ground cover.
Teza helped to correctly identify this one. It's Omphaloides verna also called Navelwort.
Camellia japonica 'Marie Bracey'
Ribes sanguineum - Pink flowering currant. The hummingbirds have been fighting over this one. Both Rufous and Anna's are trying to claim it.
Dicentra spectabilis - Common Bleeding Heart. I have both pink and white ones growing here. I've been looking for dicentra formosa, also called Western Bleeding Heart.
There are still many plants that I'll share on another walk, but these are some of the ones looking really nice now. I'm trying to gradually plant more native plants along the path. I still am attracted to a lot of other types of shade plants too, so for now it's a mixture. Eventually I would like it to feel like a walk in the woods, very small woods. I guess I've still got many years to work towards that.