late May 2023
Fresh clumps of healthy new leaves covering the ground, strong clear colors — I really like the direction the 2-year-old garden is taking in May.
Have a relaxing long weekend (Memorial Day in the U.S.) and see you in June!
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Two years already?! You’ve made tremendous progress with your zone 8b garden, Denise. It already looks settled. It has a wild note but still looks well-managed. I love the Hesperis.
The garden is looking so great. One of the best things about the PNW is how fast things grow. The chairs in the second photo across the garden are a perfect placement against the dark fence. They really draw your eye. Your geums are so tall and floriferous, mine are super short and only throwing out one or two puny flower stems. I want yours.
So will you be attempting to manage the tetrapanax and keeping it low with cutting? In my experience anything that messes with its ability to achieve the height it wants to be (like a freeze), causes it to send out babies. That Olearia x mollis ‘Zennorensis’ is gorgeous!
@Hi Kris, I love “wild but well-managed”! Just the kind of garden that feeds my soul!
@Hi Elaine, that is so true about speed of growth. Everything feels like it’s been in stasis forever and then…zoom! The geums love this soil and normally cool temps, which is why I can’t stop adding them. When plants are happy, the gardener is happy!
@Hi Loree, thanks for that input about the tetrapanax. I’ll watch and observe and do nothing to scare it into making more of itself!
Looks excellent. Well done. Golden oregano, love the hosta–so exotic for a socal native.
Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ oooh. Happy gardening, Denise!
I have yet to try the larger leaf olearias. I saw several at Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium last year and I’ve been waiting to try them ever since. We were just at a place yesterday that painted their fence black too. Reminds me of the houses in Scandinavia that are painted with creosote/pitch. Such a wonderful smell when the sun is warm. Your garden is looking fantastic as usual.
I think you need some Sanguisorbas Denise ! Isn’t it great to discover all those plants that prefer like out of zone 10?