Some of you must be in full summer swing by now. I know this. I read your blogs and see your wonderful photos. Here we are still a bit behind by about two weeks and so there are still some spring flowers in the garden at Pomona.
|the last of the Redbud|
Growing the Labrador Tea is still a mystery to me. It is a circumpolar plant and therefore can take a range of conditions. However, as you can see there is either sun scald or winter burn or wind burn from over the winter. This has happened since I planted this three years ago. It goes brown over winter and then does a partial recovery in spring. Obviously I have to move it, as it is not happy with its accommodations, but where to?
Phlox 1 and 2 are the same plants. This is a special plant for me because of all the effort I have put into the two measly plants I could find. I am 99% sure it is a Phlox subulata but in broadleaf form. I have searched for three years now for additional plants but no such luck. The plant was to grow it around the base of the Black Walnut tree. Today I can say I am succeeding, but it has been yearly cutting stems and replanting them, in order to have come so far.
The beautiful white form of Shooting Stars. I only have one plant. I could have added the pink form but I like the white.
|Columbine (L) and Geranium maculatum(R) in bed|
The columbine is growing in almost every bed I have. It is not happy to be in one place for too long, it is free spirited and so moves right along where ever there is an open spot. I do not grow any other kind of columbine as they are also quite promiscuous and I would prefer to keep mine pure.
Lastly, Bugbane or Cimicifuga racemosa, now Actea racemosa, is the native one for North America. I have a few plants and they have been very hard to come by around here as the Chinese ones are everywhere. This is the first to bloom this year and is a beauty.These plants are all native to southern Ontario and are all woodland plants. If you missed some of the earlier ones check out an older post here.
Next time we'll move to the front of the house for some sun lovers. We'll see what's in bloom then.