Thursday, May 31, 2012

"What's growing on" this week

The Penstemon 'Husker's Red' are in full bloom out of nowhere:

As are the Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle):

One of my favorite "foliage" plants has only recently emerged - Hibiscus 'Kopper King':

There was total chaos outside my window yesterday and I bolted outside to check it out (camera in hand). Turns out, it was over these berries on the Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance':

And the culprit was this maniac shaking the branches like The Hulk:

It may be boring to some, but I love any shrub that flourishes in wet conditions, is ignored by the deer and spreads to fill in a large space. Thank you Itea 'Henry's Garnet':

I relocated my previously criticized Geranium 'Brookside' to an area where they can run wild a bit more and have some support from other plants and so far, I dig the results:

Viburnum 'Emerald Lustre' is filled with more buds than ever before and once again, has avoided any deer chomping (fingers double crossed):

Catmint friggin rules:

Astilbe with white blooms look great in front of dark red leaves. We may have finally found the proper home for them:


  1. Everything is looking beautiful. I have planted Astilbes for several years and get poor to no results. I was recently told at a nursery that they are more "northern" plants. I can not get the to grow down here in zone 8, which has felt like zone 9 or 10 for the past 2 summers.

  2. Catmint is my favorite, by far. And the bees and butterfles adore it too.

  3. Everything is looking great! You have too much water....I have too little. Where is the happy medium. There is nothing lovelier than Lady's Mantle holding the morning dew (or drops from the sprinkler in my case.) I love looking at all your beautiful blooms. Bonnie

  4. Evey shot. Every flower. So good. Your are really a nice photographer. Thank you.

  5. Wow!! So Beautiful. Is it dream of true?


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