When Your Garden Surprises You

Yesterday we had a light sprinkling of rain, so I went out  later with my phone to see what I could see. And I was pretty surprised at what I did see. I’m always encouraging people to look at their gardens with fresh eyes, often with camera/phone in hand. And I do that myself. But when I see wonderful things, it’s always a revelation–how can the same old things look so…new?

There were so many pics I’ve collected them into collages. Click on any for an enlargement.

Aquilegia with subtle rhodo background

Aquilegia with subtle rhodo background. The pink blossom is about 1” diameter!

Clematis montana, possibly 'Rubra'? I think it looks better every year. It's climbing the neighbour's shed, as well as my plum and persimmon trees.

Clematis montana, possibly ‘Rubens’? (Hmmm, apparently I’ve left the label on a stick. That would be the white, possibly grandiflora, and not nearly as prolific as ‘Rubens’ .) I think it looks better every year. It’s climbing the neighbour’s shed, as well as my plum and persimmon trees.

Corylopsis platypetala. Later in the year the leaves reminds me of ketchup potato chips, which is a pity, because I love the tree and hate the chips

Corylopsis platypetala. Later in the year the leaves reminds me of ketchup potato chips, which is a pity, because I love the tree and hate the chips

This was the image that really sparked my observation. Keep a look out for the rain drops:

Hamamelis mollis.

Hamamelis mollis.

Now this is hardly believable! Is it really nature? The Euphorbia with the red petioles is 'Black Bird', and the one with the red stamens (?) is 'Ascot Rainbow'.

Now this is hardly believable! Is it really nature? The Euphorbia with the red petioles is ‘Black Bird’, and the one with the red petals is ‘Ascot Rainbow’.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata'

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata’. Speechless!

Heuchera, various cultivars that I don't know. But definitely my favourites.

Heuchera, various cultivars that I don’t know. But definitely my favourites.

Pinus strobus 'pendula'; Allium 'Purple Sensation', and Acorus calamus 'variegatus'

Pinus strobus ‘pendula’; Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, and Acorus calamus ‘variegatus’

Lilac 'Sensation' is the one with the white edging to each floret. The other is unfortunately unnamed--a runner from a much older tree.

Lilac ‘Sensation’ is the one with the white edging to each floret. The other is unfortunately unnamed–a runner from a much older tree.

My favourite combination: Adiantum venustum and Athyrium niponicum

My favourite combination: Adiantum venustum and Athyrium niponicum. Amazing magenta/burgundy ribs on the athyrium, and wiry black on the Adiantum.

Hypericum androsaemum 'Albury Purple'. Just look at the perfection of the hew growth!

Hypericum androsaemum ‘Albury Purple’.  Just look at the perfection of the new growth!

Dicentra spectabilis and polygonatum

Dicentra spectabilis and polygonatum look so pretty together, despite being so similar in habit.

Cerinthe, Erysimum, and Iberis. All of them hard to beat!

Cerinthe, Erysimum, and Iberis. All of them hard to beat.

And finally, a sea of Convallaria glowing in the morning sun:

Convallaria majalis. Does it look as fragrant in the picture as in person?

Convallaria majalis. Does it look as fragrant in the picture as in person?

 

Yes, it’s terribly aggressive, but it doesn’t really harm anything else around it, so I just keep digging holes and planting among the waves.

The Mid-Spring Garden

Garden Pictures May 15. There’s nothing like early morning light to appreciate the Spring garden!

Alchemilla mollis

Alchemilla mollis

Cotinus

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

Aquilega (Columbine ) with Rhodo 'Will Brit' in the background

Aquilega (Columbine ) with Rhodo ‘Will Brit’ in the background

Tiniest columbine ever.

Tiniest Columbine ever. That’s Lily-of-the-Valley beside it so you can gauge the size.

Favourite  bearded iris.

Favourite bearded iris. They’re only about 12″ tall.

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LEss favourite bearded iris. All of my irises were given by friends, none have cultivar names.

Less favourite bearded iris. All of my irises were gifted by friends, none have cultivar names.

Red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) has pretty insignificant flowers. But when you look at them this close-up, they're lovely.

Red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) has pretty insignificant flowers. But when you look at them this close-up, they’re lovely.

Solomon's seal (Polygonatum).

Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum).

Polygonatum

Polygonatum

Clematis montana

Clematis montana

Hosta, cultivar name lost in the sands of time.

Hosta, cultivar name lost in the sands of time.

Persimmon tree

Persimmon tree in early morning light.