Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Backyard blooms

The skies opened up today, giving freshly planted shrubs and flowers a much needed drink. Astilbe is a recent addition to the backyard garden. These shade lovers  put on billowy plumes of color that light up the garden.

Heart-shaped pods of columbine flowers are plumping up, ready to burst forth with their blushing petticoats. These were allowed to reseed freely last season and filled out the backyard garden quite nicely. I'm hoping they were their magic again this year.

Spirea, perhaps 'Gold Flame,' has perked up, despite my worry that its foliage may be a be spotty this year. The flower pods are just starting to show, but when done blooming I'll likely cut it back to encourage hearty growth next year.
Azalea blooms have managed to survive, despite almost daily trampling by the dogs. I couldn't be more pleased they made it. They're a beautiful shade of red. I think I need to add more of it throughout the back garden.


Karen said...

Hey, how are you doing? You're not mad at me or something are you? I feel like maybe I left too many irritating questions in your comments lately. Hope you can forgive me!

Oh, I have been seeing that spirea all over town including right next door on our street and wondering what it was. Is it bare in winter and then a mellower color as the leaves age? For some reason I never noticed it before, it's so visually arresting! Now I want one too, of course.

Gardeness said...

Karen: LOL. Of course I'm not. I've just been busy and really bad at responding to comments and commenting on other blogs. I need to start waking earlier to add more hours to my child-free time so I can get all my stuff done!

The spirea is bare in the winter. I love the color of this shrub, especially the red tinge at the edge.

Darla said...

So many pretty blooms. Love the spirea and can't believe your Azaleas are just now blooming! I love that color.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Looking great there. That was a lot of rain wasn't it?
I'm going to give my spireas a major pruning too. Frances (FaireGarden) said it they're pruned right after they bloom you may get a second flush of flowers.

Gardeness said...

Darla: I'm guessing since this is their first year in the garden, the azaleas aren't quite established and are slow to bloom. I'll take a late bloom regardless. Of course, two of the rhododendrons haven't started blooming either and they came with the house!

Catherine: Do you prune them back pretty hard? It would be nice to get a second round!