Is anyone else a little bit sad that tulip season is almost over?? It seemed shorter than ever this year and maybe it wasn't just my imagination ~ I think the unseasonable heat "helped" speed along the blooms? Whatever happened, my garden is (already) almost completely devoid of them and Alliums are quickly taking over the spotlight. Before they're gone, I hope you'll indulge me a couple more images??
Too good to pass over ~ a couple lily-flowering varieties ~ first 'Ballade' (lit by morning sun:)
and a clump of 'Elegant Ladies:'
but the ones you really have to excuse me for are 'Charming Beauty:'
Above mixed with Japanese Maple 'Red Dragon' and below, blown fully open by midday sun:
I've made a fool of myself over them ~ pointing my camera in their direction every chance I get. I thought 'Sensual Touch' had won my heart but when 'Charming Beauty' followed, that fickle little thing called love made me switch gears!
There, my fellow tulip lovers, is a little bit of sheer heaven, don't you think?!! They are already written on my list to re-order so try not to clean them all out before I get a few more!! ;-)
Now a few Allium images (since I mentioned them earlier.) 'Globemaster,' ''Gladiator' and 'Purple Sensation' were added in multiples last fall. Today, rewards of that effort are being reaped by winged friends and gardener alike.
Above: one of the many Red Admiral butterflies we've had in the garden this spring.
Lining the curve of the new raised bed:
the repetitive pops of purple, a visual delight:
drawing the eye ever upward.
Above: Alliums in garden bed on east side of house.
I guess it'll be okay to say goodbye (to the tulips) since a wonderful progression of blooms is waiting to follow. Some long time residents and others, new attractions. In the latter category would be these double pink impatiens I recently found:
Can you say my fickle heart has a new fancy??!! Tiny pink rosebud blooms. *sigh* Oh, it's good to be a gardener where finding a new love is as easy as visiting the greenhouse...