This flower is known as Columbine, Aquilegia or Granny’s bonnet
Hi there! This Covid-19 has me up and down, and spinning all around. Honestly I find myself relishing being home all the time and at the same time feeling guilty because, well, I like being home all the time. I go out once a week to do our grocery shopping, and that’s it. I think I feel the most stress when I am out shopping, because it is during this time that I think about the fact that this is a pandemic. We are living through a pandemic. And while so many people will recover after getting Covid-19, many people will not. I try not to have that thought hang around in my head for too long, but I do acknowledge it.
Some of the Hawthorn trees are in bloom with these lovely white flowers that are lightly scented
Since the stay at home order was initiated, we have started a new family routine of everyone meeting in the tv room, every night, for the evening news. This was something that we just never did before. I’m glad we do it now. We listen, we discuss, we think about what is happening, and best of all, we are together. We also enjoy family dinners together – every night! With our crazy schedules, that was quite a feat before the stay at home orders. The kids are old enough to help out, too. And by ‘help out’ I mean they make dinner start to finish and then clean up (we are so appreciative!). I’m proud to say that their meals are top notch, too. So for me, there have been many benefits, which I am quick to balance with the knowledge that for so many, there are terrible hardships.
My Rosemary plant is in full bloom with tiny blueish flowers
There is one thing that is constant, though, and that is that there is beauty all around us – pandemic or not. Look and you shall find … Beauty: in nature, in the trees, in the flowers, in the weather, in family and friends, in smiles (that perhaps we can’t see behind the face masks, but are there nonetheless). There are people doing “good deeds” all around the world, and I challenge you to share those good news stories. Better still, be the one doing those good deeds. Now, more than ever, we need to be supporting one another and lifting each other up.
My roses have just begun to bloom. This one is called Strawberry Hill, and is a David Austin climber
I hope you are keeping well, in every sense of the word. As always, I find my garden to be my sanctuary. I hope you’ll enjoy a bit of a tour around the garden to see what is blooming now and what is coming shortly. It seems to change every day. Take care!
Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’
This lilac with variegated flowers is full of blooms this year. I’ve been waiting patiently for this to happen, as it usually only produces a few blooms. Whether it is full of flowers, or has just a few, it is still a lovely shrub to have!
On the left: Syringa v Sensation and next to it: Syringa v Ludwig Spaeth
Syringa v Ludwig Spaeth has deep redish-purple flowers
A little evening sunlight on our Ludwig Spaeth lilac
The allium are also blooming now. I have some that I planted many years ago, which are a light purple color. They have spread, and this year there are quite a few of them, although their blooms are somewhat small. We also have some newer ‘Purple Sensation’ allium, that are not in full bloom yet. Their color is ‘WOW’ purple! 🙂
Allium (not ‘Purple Sensation’)
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ not quite in full bloom
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ from above
Allium with our bamboo in the foreground
OK, the bamboo needs to be addressed. I was given a small pot of bamboo quite a few years ago. It is a black variety, I believe. But I haven’t found the right spot for it in the yard (yet), so I’ve kept it in a pot, and then divided it, and then divided it, and then divided it, and here we are! I think it has been too dry for it this spring, but otherwise it is usually happy.
Queen of the Night tulips with ‘Purple Sensation’ Allium
The beautiful Queen of the Night tulips are still looking lovely. We’ve had a mild spring, both related to rain and wind, so it is nice to enjoy them this length of time.
A single Queen of the Night tulip
The rose bed with Queen of the Night tulips, ‘Purple Sensation’ allium and roses
This next plant doesn’t usually get any ‘blog time’ at this stage of the season. But I believe the dry spring has helped with us not having the dreaded black spot. I usually cut the leaves off of this hellebore for most of the season, due to black spot. The flowers may be finished, but I’m really enjoying the beautiful blue tinge leaves of my Winter Sunshine hellebore!
Helleborus Winter Sunshine
I also have a white lilac. It is actually light pink, until it opens white. I think the closed pink flowers are as pretty as the open ones!
Syringa v Beauty of Moscow
Lilac Beauty of Moscow
California Poppies and Erysimum ‘Super Bowl’ Mauve
What a combination of colors with the California Poppies and the Erysimum ‘Super Bowl’ mauve! I love the boldness of the orange and purple! What do you think?
California Poppy with Erysimum ‘Super Bowl’ Mauve
Globe artichoke from above
We don’t eat the Globe artichokes. I love their beauty in the garden!
The full globe artichoke plant – can you see the very tiny artichoke (center right)?
What’s up next? These two beauties!
Iris ‘Benton Storrington’
Take care, and stay tuned to see what blooms next in the garden! 🙂