Never doubt a gardener's determination. Nor her ability to resist a chance to add more plants to the garden. I found myself at Lowe's the other day after Catherine from A Gardener in Progress mentioned variegated wallflower on sale at Home Depot. Yes, I know not the same store but Lowe's had a carpet I needed so I figured I'd take a chance. No variegated, but I did come home with Apricot Twist Wallflower. It's cheery orange, one of my favorite colors, and just what this bloom-deprived gardener was needing.
And because we can never buy just one, I came across the sale section where I spotted a little something I've wanted since the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Remember the oh so funky Contorted Filbert? Yep, that made its way into the cart as well.
I also couldn't resist Gaura 'Pink Fountain' and its wonderfully cascading stems flush with delicate blushing blooms. This is a draw for hummingbirds, as well, which will be nice come summer. I had Gaura in my garden a few years ago but it stopped returning after awhile, perhaps deterred by my layers of mulch.
Bees! I couldn't forget them, so I scooped up a few Lavender 'Blueberry Ruffles. I should have bought several more to add to the parking strip. These are drought tolerant once established, just the ticket for the area between the sidewalk and street.
Already in the garden, however, the bright pink hyacinth are likely at their height of performance. They'll soon be replace by the tulips and anemone I planted last year.
Euphorbia is heavy with its chartreuse flowers. Spurge is a pretty quick spreader, and I've already been plucking it out of areas where it may take over. Right now it's mingling with an unidentified rose by the front path.