Happy spring to all! I hope all garden lovers are taking advantage of Dowser's series on wildflowers. Check out her column if you've missed her writeups -- they are filled with wonderful information.
She recently touted the bluestar perennial. I commented that I have never had a bloom from my bluestars, though I've been rewarded with a nice looking stem and handsome leaves for several seasons :) Well not a week later, my bluestars decided to bloom for the first time :)
I am having very good results so far in the garden. Lush, full leaves and more than usual buds. I think this is due to an abundance of rain in the last few seasons, snow (12 inches at our house) and my neglect. By that I mean I haven't watered the beds much with a hose this year. I have very claylike, acidic soil, and even with peat moss and mushroom compost, it is not ideal. I think I over-watered in the past. Plus Dowser is a obviously a good luck charm :)
I have also posted some photos of a groundcover (guess) that I love, but I have no idea what it is. This beautiful spray of hot pink blooms sits atop stems about 3 inches tall. The small leaves remind me of a type of clover or oxalis. These sprout from the tiniest of bulbs - greyish white, smaller than an acorn. And what a show I get in the spring. These cheerful treasures perk up every morning, turn to face the sun, then close at night. If anyone has any idea what these might be, please let me know. I'd love to plant more or know what they are called so I can share them :)
Accompanying the bluestars and mystery pinks in the beds are Happy Return daylillies, King Alfred daffodils, variegated sedum (pink blooms in late summer/fall), alstroemeria, and my fading yellow pansies. Indian Hawthorne 'Clara' serve as backdrop to all.
We have been very blessed with the rain we've had and so far haven't had to pull the sprinklers out to water the grass. The bees are enjoying our savannah hollies and a family of cardinals is back for the 3rd year.
Anyway, wanted to share these pics. These were all taken with my Blackberry phone, so sorry for the blurriness. Gotta get a camera one of these days.