The lilac hasn't done much this year. The oldest (tallest) branches have produced clusters of lovely, fragrant flowers, but not as many as in the past. Unless I missed it, the two (or three?) year old growth hasn't produced at all. I'm not sure what's going on with this guy. D wanted to chop it down last year, but I got him to leave it alone because the frost killed ALL of the blossoms last year. This year I promised to let him cut it back, because it's starting to look pretty shabby.
The plants are coming up nicely, and just like last year, the earliest bloomers have been the dropmore catmint and the salvia eveline.
The garden feels pretty uneven at this point, because of the rearranging that happened after the other 2 poppies died, and I transplanted the old balcony lily next to the surviving poppy.
|beginning of May|
I'm glad the lily has bounced back since it's rescue from the unblooming iris. I'm just not sure I like it where it is now.
But even if I were to rebalance the garden to go for more balance, with the lily and poppy budding, now isn't the time.
|fuzzy poppy buds|
After the spring bloom, maybe I'll move either the lily or the iris, try for a more cohesive appearance. I might need to consider trying my hand at dividing either the lily or the iris, which I've never attempted before. I have a few naked spaces which are now options because the effing deer in our neighborhood ate my other lilies. Or the squirrels. Or the groundhogs. Somebody around here ate my lilies.
The coral bells that I planted four years ago are still going, despite the best efforts of the hordes of uncivilized wild violet that creeps into everything. I actually just took a weed-wacker to this bed a week or so before this photo. It doesn't even pay to pull them by hand, not that I have time to pull them by hand because ain't nobody got time for that.
These are the same coral bells that froze solid a few years back. This past winter I lost three, but the rest have survived. Best twenty dollars ever spent? I think so.