Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Backyard: 4/24/16

I was gonna wait until this Clematis had more flowers open, but I was too excited.

I tried to get an ID on it last year, but no one was ever quite sure.
The double row of petals in the photo above is a defect.  
It normally only has one row.

The plant was originally my mom's, but I adopted it when she went on a Clematis purge.
It has just barely a hint of red in the veining.
It outperforms itself every year and is one of my favorite plants in the yard.

While we're on the subject, 'Nelly Moser' never disappoints.

'Belle of Woking' is just starting to bloom.

In other news, the Fringe Cup is blooming.

All the Columbine are either blooming, or have buds.
This is 'Winky Red.'

'Leprechaun's Gold.'

A sea of Saxafraga foam.
I sorta have this plant poked in everywhere.

 Mama Geranium and her white baby.

Silene, Campion "if yer nasty."

Tiny Persicaria flowers.

Color showing on a Peony bud.

I committed to the half barrel for the Dogwood, opposed to the ground.
I'm sure he was more than happy to stretch his legs.

Look at this.
It makes me sick to my stomach.
I reseeded the whole dang thing, and this is the aftermath.
Waste of time and money.
Between the dog and the kids, it was pointless.
Plus, all that seed was probably kicked up into the beds.
I'm gonna have to find a couple rolls of sod and go that route.
I just don't understand why it's in such bad shape this year.
Probably a winter with the above four mentioned.

I rearranged everything on the deck and patio again.
I know that's shocking.
We'll see how long it stays this way.

I've finally put a good dent in the annual purchases for my pots.

If you come across Cuphea 'Flamenco Cha Cha', buy it.
I LOVE that plant.
I found mine at the Division Portland Nursery this year, for you locals.
Yes, it's an annual, but you get a lot of bang for your buck.
It's so, so pretty.
Plus, I'm a Cuphea fan, in general.

A bright Coleus.

I'm switchin' up the pots on the fence by the deck this year.
I've had our strawberries in half of them the last few years, and I decided I wanted something different.
I moved the berries to another spot and went with annuals instead.
As I was planting them, I kept thinkin', it's a little bit Loree and a little bit Grace.
Which is kind of hilarious.

A little bit Loree.

This is Cotyledon 'Mint Truffle', by the way.

A little bit Grace.

Frilly pink trailing Verbena.

And if they had a baby.

Man, I crack myself up.

And last, the first color is showing on the 'Knock Out' tree rose.
She's so dang pretty.

We're finally supposed to start warming up again this weekend.
It's been a cold, drizzly week.
Happy, almost, Friday!

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