In honor of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, the first of the non-white bearded irises bloomed this morning. I don't know the variety of this, having bought it many moons ago at a plant sale where the rhizomes were just a jumble of various colors. Looks like one of the yellow ones will be in bloom by tomorrow.
Madame Alfred Carriere climbing rose
The first rose to bloom this year and in years past is the Madame Alfred Carriere climber. It's near to where we get out of our cars and the fragrance that hits us is sublime. I was supposed to trim it back last year after its spring bloom but as you can probably tell, I never got around to it. I really have to this year in order to give the 'Carnaby' clematis more sun. Soon baby, just hang on a little while longer.
Mrs. Schiller's Delight viburnum
Continuing the white theme I have to show you my new favorite little shrub, Mrs. Schiller's Delight viburnum (Viburnum obovatum). I planted it last year and have been amazed by how long the flowers remain. It's a dwarf shrub said to get about 3 feet.
Amazon Neon Duo dianthus (on the right)
Next to one of the viburnums is Amazon Neon Duo dianthus. It was truly amazonian last fall, at least 10 inches tall, but now it's become a dwarf. Perhaps I needed to do something to get it heading north again but I'm not sure what.
Almost forgot to give you a close up of the 'Carnaby' clematis. It's really put on some growth this year, as has my other clematis. I think the 3rd year is the charm for them (I also barely trimmed them in late winter).
This is my other clematis, 'Fireworks'. I wish I had taken a good photo of it this morning because there are many more blooms and the newly planted Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is starting to bloom as well. You might be able to see their little buds on the left.
The chives are going now. I really mustn't let them reseed this year as I'm tired of having to find homes for the little ones.
This is what my "back alley" looks like (to be clear, the town stopped using alleys a long time ago and deeded half of the alley to each homeowner living alongside). In front of the compost pile are the weedy but lovely spiderworts as well as some other viney wildflowers.
Isn't this a pretty little nasturtium bloom? I don't know the name of it as it was a freebie to me.
I leave you with this dwarf pomegranate just starting to put on some blooms (btw, I have this in a pot). Be sure to visit Carol's blog to see what's happening in her garden and the gardens of bloggers all over the world!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2009. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.