Saturday, May 30, 2009

Taking a step back



Just wandering around the garden, pondering blooms and considering plant combinations. These poppies are joining forces with the lupine to take over the front garden.


Wallflower Erysimum 'Apricot Twist' plays nice with the cool shade of Catmint Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant.' The wallflower I added to the parking strip garden because I know it will tolerate the intolerable conditions out there. It's also spread around other areas out front for a bit of cohesion. The Catmint has self seeded all over the place so I selectively remove some and leave others like this one.


Iris transplanted a couple years ago are loving their new home under the shade of the apple tree. I had considered digging up some of these earlier in the spring and now glad I didn't. They make a nice little "wall" and if you look closely you see the honeysuckle creeping into the mix.

10 comments:

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Your poppies (and that top photo) are stunning! The iris' are ready to pop and they are gonna be out of this world...such a deep, dark shade of purple. Show a pic when they open!

Kathleen said...

The orange wallflowers & blue catmint are a great color combo ~ so vibrant and alive looking. Are those black iris?? They look so dark in bud form, I bet they're gorgeous in bloom. I was interested to read that you have iris planted in shade under an apple tree. Most of mine are under my oak tree and I keep contemplating moving them (because I always think they prefer sun). They bloom well tho so I've left them alone so far. Your garden is looking really nice. :-)

Karen said...

I smelled some iris the other day and they smelled like grape soda. Do yours have a fragrance like that? I thought it was perfect because these ones were purple too. They smelled like they looked! Cool that you logged some hours in the parking strip! Wallflower seems like a good choice out there, I just bought an orange one but forget if it's the same as yours. I thought of you when I put it on the cart!

Darla said...

Your iris wall is going to be beautiful, it looks like they may all open at the same time!!

Brenda said...

I planted a seed packet of cat mint. But it looks sort of like chives. I'm wondering if it's really catmint? Well I wish I had your irises. Mine aren't doing so well yet.
Brenda

Dee said...

Gorgeous pictures- I love that first one too!

Gardeness said...

Jan: I've got one iris blooming so far but it's been windy and I can't get a still shot for you. I wish I knew what kind they were. I don't know Iris, unfortunately.

Kathleen: Not sure if they're black iris. They're a really deep merlot color, or something like that. They get morning sun but are mostly shaded from the real heat of the day. However, there were more on the south side of the house that really take a beating from the sun. But they're fine too. Such adaptable plants!

Karen: I don't think mine smell, I wish! But now I'm trying to remember if I've actually taken a whiff. I'll do that today. Be sure to share those new flowers, too. I need to go to Swansons where I still have money on a GC. My parking strip needs serious help!

Darla: They are a fun architectural plant. However, I need to plant something around them when they start to whither.

Brenda: Maybe it's a different kind of catmint? I know this emerges looking just like the big plant with it's little cut leaves and everything. I'd be interested to see what yours eventually look like.

Dee: Thanks! I so enjoy the poppy, especially that great orange color.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

They look really pretty all together. My poppies aren't anywhere near blooming yet. Enjoy another day of sun!!

wormandflowers said...

Love the poppies and dark irises! The splashes of red and orange look fantastic!

Sue said...

I love the way you took close ups, then stepped back for a larger view. I just may do that on a post!