From Cheryl’s Garden: My Backyard in May
May 16, 2012 By Leave a Comment
This is one of the best times of the year where you can walk out into your gardens and see something new every day. A few weeks ago I was gone for three days and it felt like it was longer than that when I revisited my gardens. The redbuds were just starting to leaf out and the cute small red/pink flowers were dropping. The poppies were rapidly growing larger and started to form the beginning of the anticipated orange/red flowers. The cornflowers popped up everywhere……it’s amazing how I started with one in the front of my house and now they are on the west and north sides of the house. Don’t plant this one unless you don’t mind them traveling all over your yard. Last fall I planted 100 Spanish Bluebells and was finally glad to see them bloom. They were much later than the Virginia Bluebells. Hope you enjoy the pictures of some of my favorites from the backyard.
Centaurea montana – Cornflower & Iberis sempervirens – Candytuft Snowflake
Solomon’s Seal – a shared treasure from a friend and great to plant under a tree.
Picea abies ‘Pendula’ – Weeping Spruce: This I bought at Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, IL on a field trip with other MATC students. It was a great addition to my conifer garden collection.
Weigela Shining Sensation & Allium
Epimedium x ‘Rubrum’ – Red-leaved Epimedium, Spanish Bluebells & Hostas
This is the B.J. Garden in honor of my two nephews. I never heard so much laughing & giggling when they discovered my hammock for the first time. They both take pigs to the County Fair so I was thrilled to find the cement flying pigs to add to the garden. I’ve also added some garden art with blue accents. My nieces have their own garden at my house and you guessed it……most of the plants are pink in that garden to remind us of the those trying years that Delaney would only wear the color pink.
Geum triflorum – Prairie Smoke: I know I posted a picture of this before but this plant is very photogenic! This native perennial with red fall color is a must have for your perennial garden.
Aronia melanocarpa – Black Chokeberry: This shrub will get blackish purple fruit and great fall color