Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What's interesting in the garden today

On these damp, still evenings my yard is filled with the scent of pagoda dogwood. Not quite like lilac but a similar sweet, heavy fragrance.

No peonies yet but the buds are swelling and showing some color.

The salvia is looking good. I have several hybirds, this one is May Night. It's a great plant, blooms all summer and drought tolerant. The dead heading is what I don't like. Tedious. If it's not deadheaded it won't continue to flower so all summer I'm snipping the spires.

This photo shows two viburnam planted side by side with flowering branches entertwined. Unusual because they don't always bloom at the same time. This season bloom times are behind schedule because of the cold temperatures in April and May.

This is supposed to be TB Iris Gnus Flash. It isn't even close. Mislabeled packaging. Up close it isn't my favorite--washed out colors and contrasts. Seen from across the lawn it's more appealing. A splash of interesting color in front of the black iris Superstition. Last evenings rain and wind knocked Superstition completely to the ground. That's the downside of the really tall varieties.

My yellow iris is just starting to bloom. It's a great color so I'll put some photos on soon.


Suzy said...

Loved seeing all your photos of flowers!I read all your posts and you have an interesting blog...I'll be back!!
P.S.How did you find me?

Roses and Lilacs said...

Thanks for the compliment, suzy, and thanks for visiting.

Suzy said...

I just tried to revisit your blog, and the message came up saying this is not a public blog.
Click on "roses and lilacs said" in your comment back to me.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I've never noticed that the Pagoda Dogwoods had scent. I guess it's because they bloom at the same time as my Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume,' whose scent carries throughout the garden.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Suzy, I don't know what happened that prevented you from viewing. Network glitch or someting? Sorry.

Roses and Lilacs said...

McGregor's Daughter, I never noticed the scent before this spring either. Sometimes scent is intensified by weather??? Whatever caused it, I do certainly appreciate it. Gives me a little lift;)