Thursday, April 28, 2011

Springtime lingerers and returnees

We still have a few anemones: white, red-and-white fringed and striated, and blue. Thalia and iphieon were among the last to remain in bloom. All leaves from springtime bulbs are dying back. We do still have an amazing display of various sweet peas, some smelling too soapy and others good and spicy. For the first time, there are very striated pink ones, tending toward coral. Morning glories of all kinds continue to spring up everywhere, blooming in the grass. It's getting too hot for there to be many more Little Marvel and Burpeeana peas to eat. Some of the lettuces are bolting. Asclepias is returning on its own, but it's not in bloom yet. I suspect that it will be mostly all yellow, rather than the red-orange and yellow that's showier but not so hardy. At long last, within the past two days or so, there are shoots coming up from Pride of Barbados, at least in some places. Four o'clocks are blooming everywhere. The day before yesterday, the first Rose of Sharon blooms were to be seen, three on one shrub, white with crimson centers. The remaining oleander is producing buttery blossoms. Delphiniums and firewheels are scrawny this year, both as plants and as flowers. All fennel has returned well from the roots, and some are beginning to come into bloom. Violas are still flowering in the shade. Bright Lights cosmos spring up everywhere, and we've seen both orange and yellow flowers. Poppies of many kinds are in bloom everywhere and much more attractive to the honeybees than we had remembered. Nasturtiums continue to bloom in pots, but they must be kept in relatively shady places in order not to fry to a crisp.


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