My favorite Iris is one of the last to bloom. Can you see how velvety/satiny it is?
I’ll step a little closer so you can share the love.
This was added last year from our visit to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. It goes by the unfortunate name of ‘Alley Oops’, which makes me feel not so bad about having no name for that deep mahogany beauty.
As the Physocarpus continues to load up on blossoms, the long branches arch over into even more of a fountain shape.
Blue eyed grass is a ferocious reseeder, but I forget all about that when its blue eyes are winking at me in shafts of sunlight.
For some reason, a massive patch of Stachys petered out this year, but look what was liberated: abrilliant orange Geum
You lose some, you win some…the kousa dogwoods are loaded with blooms this year.
Look at the spurs on the columbine called ‘Swallowtail’. I made a calculated guess that leaving some of those darned buttercups around this plant would help to prop it up. That it does, but it’s also seemingly sapping its strength. Guess I’ll have to come up with a better solution to the flopping ways of Swallowtail.
Not a problem for A. ‘Black Barlow’. Its leonine ruffs stand up at perfect attention. Thanks, unknown blogger, for bringing this to a swap last year.
Now for a quick peek at Delusional Drive. We’re standing a little past where the first iris shots were taken, looking towards the entrance. In the distance you can just see the blue of Ceanothus ‘Victoria’, echoed by a lone blue iris in the middle distance.
Moving along, you can see that there is quite a bit of yellow-green foliage that plays nicely with the blue.
Here’s a close-up of ‘Victoria’ at her best.
On the other side of the drive, Helianthemum ‘Henfields’s Brilliant’ brightens things up and does a nice job of obscuring the dying foliage of daffodils past.
A wayward foxglove seemed to know I would welcome a dash of hot pink against the red-orange.
Now here’s a question for you. I adopted a scraggly twig with no label at the Cistus ‘Tough Love’ sale two years ago. This year it rewarded me for the TLC by leafing out prettily and producing one coy little bottlebrush blossom. Any idea what this is?