The local nurseries are jam packed right now with so
many wonderful blooms. They are ready for the May
rush to buy plants with Mother's day, Memorial Day and
here in Ohio we plant after May 18th those tender plants
when we are generally clear of sudden frosts.
Geraniums must be a big seller because there were tables full
of them in every color, from scented, ivy varieties, and the
many leaf variegations.
There was not an abundance of perennials here because
it appears this nursery was replacing the perennial houses
with landscaping displays. They must be moving to get more
from landscaping profits than plants now.Which is understandable
since the big box store are able to sell plants cheaper than the
nurseries can which is sad because if we do not support our local
nurseries they will have to close or find other ways to keep going
and we will be stuck before long with just what the big box
stores offer us. I cannot see them offering some of the new varieties
that I saw at the nursery.
Anyway, I took some pictures of some plants and ground covers
that I just loved or that caught my eye.
This Ajuga or Bugleweed "Chocolate Chip" was just stunning.
I admit I love blue blooms and this herbaceous perennial from
the Lamiaceae family was one I would like to own. It is a hardy
ground cover for zones 4-9 which grows in sun to partial shade
and blooms May and June.
This Pasque "Red Clock" Pulsatilla vulgaris ' was not open on
a cloudy day but the blooms were so unusual and pretty that
I would welcome some in my flower beds. This anemone blooms
early from March through May and is not a new plant but
I liked it feathery leaves and red blooms.
Does anyone other than I think this ornamental strawberry
"Pink Panda" has the pretties blooms?
Fragaria cheloensis is hardy to zone 5 and blooms from May into
August. It gets small red fruits that the birds like.
This Veronica austriaca Speedwell "Waterperry Blue" was another
plant that was so airy and pretty. This ground cover is good in
zones 5 - 8, blooms in the Spring and likes sun to partial shade.
The lavender blue blooms has white eyes .
I purchased a blue Jacob's Ladder Polemonium but this variegated
leaf one was a beauty. This spring bloomer grows in the shade.
It was pretty but when researching it at home I found that it
may have a problem with powdery mildew so I will pass on
it. Our humidity in the summer may spoil this plant.
I like anemones very much and this white windflower called
Anemone sylvestris "Snow Drop" was very pretty with its yellow
eyes. It blooms from May, September and is suppose to be a
vigorous spreader and repeat bloomer. It is good in zones 3 -9
and I think it would be a great combination plant to go under my
lilies. Since this one is so hardy and a repeat bloomer I will
go back and purchase.
We are getting some marvelous weather this weekend so
you all know where I will be.
A special thanks to all of you for the Birthday wishes
and greetings. I am overwhelmed by your generosity
and kindness. Gardeners are wonderful people.
Have a good weekend and Happy Gardening!