I finally made it out to the garden yesterday evening to snap a few photos like I promised you. Things are progressing even tho I continue to complain about the less than ideal weather conditions. Looking thru the camera lens it seems as tho the garden has filled in more than I've actually noticed in real life. Maybe I'm on to something ~ during challenging gardening years it might help to view the garden thru photos instead of depending on our sight! ha. I think you can see what I mean tho from the slightly (or more than slightly) blurred photo below:
Hidden in the center of this photo is my small pond ~ I know ~ can't even see it anymore. Crazy, right? See how everything has filled in and grown? I don't know when that happened?! In the foreground are Primulas 'polyantha gold laced' and 'veris.' The gorgeous spike in the center, right side of the photo is the first Camassia 'cusickii' bloom (remember I showed you the bud the other day??) Here's a macro of that same bloom:
and one more from a different angle ~ looking straight down on the bloom ~ I thought it was a fun angle.
I am so glad I found and planted these bulbs two years ago. There are quite a few massed around the pond area so in a week or two, it should be quite pretty.
Other bulbs starting to bloom are the Spanish Bluebells. I added both pink & blue varieties to the garden last fall. Pictured below is a pink ~ Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Dainty Maid:'
You, yes you, garden bloggers are responsible for them being in my garden! I saw them all over garden blogland last spring and fell hard for them. On the list they went and now I'm so happy to have them blooming here as well.
Here's a blue ~ H. hispanica 'Excelsior' just starting to open:
What's really exciting to me about the above photo (even more than the bluebells) is the maroon foliage of Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria.' All three plants from last season survived the winter which is a first for me! I think I've finally discovered the secret to growing (and overwintering) them in Colorado ~ plant where they get lots of moisture ~ like they do here from the pond overflow and where they get extra warmth ~ like they do sandwiched next to the terraced wall. Now that these have survived, I am encouraged about mixing in a pink or purple variety and hoping for the same success. :-)
One final photo, a glimpse of the pond, showing the gorgeous Camassia bloom yet again:
The pink bloom in the foreground is Silene but most importantly (a bit to the right of the Camassia) is the first Water Calla bloom (Zanthedeschia aethiopica) ~ see that blur of white? It took me completely by surprise since I hadn't even noticed a bud.
Photos don't lie, do they? Spring marches on, cool temperatures and all. Forecast calls for a possibility of snow tonight and highs in the 40's tomorrow. Definitely not "normal" but hopefully one day soon, it will heat up and stay that way.