Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I Have Immortality

It has been sunny and beautiful, but quite cool for a couple days now. The temperatures have been in the 60s and it's been cold at night, in the 40s.

All of the little seedlings I planted (the veggies in pots, the Black Beauty dahlias, nicotianas, the red salvias) are suffering. It just isn't warm enough for them, especially at night, and they are limp and small.

I have already lost half the Black Beauty dahlia seedlings -- they want hot weather to thrive. Sigh. I need to remember next year that they must stay inside in their pots until it's really really hot.

But there are other plants here that are happy in the cold nights and cool days.

'Immortality' irises are in bloom. They are sugary white and ruffled. They have spread and I now have about a dozen of them in a small stand. Yes, I have achieved immortality. In my garden.

The iteas seem to have a lot of dead stems this spring, and are leafing out slowly. Against the dead brown itea branches the Immortality irises look a little incongruent.

Orange Dream Japanese maple is living up to its name as it puts on its chartreuse and bronze leaves.

See how that little maple creates such a big pop of color in the distance. In this long shot you can barely see the tall white Immortality irises looking like pom poms in front of the brown mass of bare itea branches.

Camassias have opened up. I love their dark green strappy foliage and delicate blue starry spikes. They are pale, and the flowers are delicate, but the plants are massing well now and making a big full stand.

The dogwood is blooming. It still has an open gap in the crown from the 2011 storm, but it's filling in a little more each year.

Viburnums are starting to bloom. The blackhaws (V. prunifolium) are both in full bloom, but for some reason neither Jim's camera nor mine can capture them at all. They are subtle, flat, cream colored flowers that recede into the foliage on camera, but look lovely in real life.

The viburnum in the Blueberry Garden only has flowers on the bottom half. The top doesn't bloom, and it was the same last year too. It's weird. I can't get a good photo showing that. The one by the house has its subtle flat flowers all over.

Can you see any flowers on this nice little tree? Look close, they are all at the bottom.

Fortunately the doublefile viburnum's flowers do show up nicely on camera. The flowers are a clearer white and they just photograph better, even only partly open and still tinged with green.

Chocolate Chip ajuga is a purple carpet along the walk in back.

Despite having Immortality in my garden, the whole spring scene is actually quite fleeting. It looks like this only briefly!

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