I did my usual garden walk through and found some nice new surprises as well as getting a chance to enjoy some flowers that I haven't been able to take pictures of yet.
The big purple Rhododendron in the backyard has just started blooming. The Littlest Gardener calls this the plant with the "twisty branches" because of the unusual way it grows. When it's in full bloom I'll share a picture of the whole shrub.
Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a real favorite of mine in the path garden. The green foliage and bright white flowers really lighten it up. It does spread rather quickly, especially is the soil is moist. Luckily for me it's mostly in dry shade areas so hasn't been a problem.
One of the many surprise Columbines (Aquilegia). This is a new one to bloom this year, I haven't had any ruffled solid purples ones before. I love the surprises that come after years of Columbines mixing with each other.
This Columbine I remember planting at one time, but don't have the tag anymore. It's probably one of the few I've bought in a very long time, I usually have so many that have reseeded I don't need to.
Very exciting is this Allium which is getting close to opening. It's quite a bit further along than the others which were planted right by it.
One of my favorites that I can always count on to bloom all summer is Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber).
This small Dogwood (Cornus florida) is having it's best bloom year yet which is surprising since I transplanted it in the Fall. I've promised the tree that this third spot will be it's final place. I've seen birds sitting in it's small branches. I always get excited when I see birds sitting in shrubs or trees we've planted, not sure exactly why, but I do.
This tiny Heuchera 'Petite Pearl Fairy' is doing great now and just starting to bloom. I was afraid it hadn't survived the winter. 'Marmalade' is right behind it. So far I've resisted any more Heuchera purchases this year, but it is only May...
Fertilizer Friday is hosted each Friday at Tootsie Time. Tootsie has an amazing greenhouse loaded with plants she's started. Visit her to see who else is "flaunting their flowers".