first blooms


In its sixth year, this Hydrangea petiolaris decided to put forth a couple of blossoms


Not that I have been holding my breath, mind you. Its purpose in life was to camouflage a fairly unsightly woodshed. Having accomplished that, it is turning the corner nicely and being trained along the back side of the house.


Meanwhile, back in the woodland, the Arisaema triphyllum nearly escaped notice. It put in its first appearance during the wettest spring in recorded history, so visits to the outer reaches were few and far between. It was already past its prime by the time I spotted it hiding out under the shelter of its own leaves. I am hoping it will multiply. A stand of these would be much more impressive than my one lonely specimen. I do love those mottled stems…similar to those on Dracunculus vulgaris, which refuses to bloom for me, but is putting on quite a show in the danger garden. Maybe mine needs more sun, or maybe Loree feeds hers a constant diet of Vestal Virgins?

13 Responses to “first blooms”

  1. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    HA! Yes that’s it!

    No actually just complete neglect…it seems to thrive on it. As proven by a deserted house up the street (nobody has lived there for years) which has multitudes of them thriving in the front garden.

  2. Megan Says:

    I love climbing hydrangeas. I’ve had a few before I finally got one that seems to be happy. The neighbors complain about seeing the leaves of the akebia poking over their side of the fence. Won’t they be surprised when the climbing hydrangea really takes off?

  3. ricki Says:

    Loree~Neglect, I can provide, but I think it needs to be moved to a sunnier spot first.

    Megan~Really? they object to akebia leaves? Sic that hydrangea on them as quickly as possible!

  4. Jane Says:

    I love that climbing hydrangea. I had a spectacular h. petiolaris failure in my last garden: some pest kept eating the living soul out of the poor thing and we couldn’t control it with any natural method (we tried a lot, including nematodes). We finally hauled it out and gave it a decent burial. Never figured out what the problem was. Yours looks delightfully healthy and now it’s rewarding you for your patience!

  5. ricki Says:

    Jane~The garden keeps throwing mysteries our way, doesn’t it?

  6. Grace Says:

    Congrats for your reluctant bloomers. I love the cryptomeria neighbor too.

  7. ricki Says:

    Grace~Yes, the cryptomeria provides a nice feathery textural change. It was supposed to have some fall color as well, but has yet to do that. Always something to watch for in our world, no?

  8. Shasta Stonich Says:

    wow..great that will be healthy :)

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