December we took possession of our new house in our new community. Winter seemed to take a long time to break as I waited in anticipation of what would spring up in the flower beds. I knew there would be purple cone flowers, other than that, it was all a mystery. Spring arrived and I gave all the beds some housekeeping. There appeared to be some hostas, irises, day lilies. Daily I watched to see what was to be.
The beds were quite the mess. I wasn’t holding out too much hope, they appeared to have been neglected for a few years. I told myself not to be too surprised if the plants took a year to re-establish themselves. The bearded and flag irises did poorly. Less than a half dozen blossoms on four bunches. The one nearest the house was mush. I had to removed a number of rotted tubers. I expect to transplant it later in the season.
There was an abundance of hostas, they were late in the southern most bed which is quite shaded. I’m going to have to thin them out. All of them bloomed, beautifully.
The cone flowers began blooming this week. They are fabulous! One of my favourites, mainly because of the colour, of course! There should be more than enough for some bouquets soon.
I didn’t plant too many annuals this year. We got a couple of hanging baskets for the veranda. There were pair of tall pillar planters on either side of the bench that I filled with cala lilies, pansies and petunias in shades of purple. The pansies are struggling a little,
but those in the front flower bed are doing well.
The day lilies posed the greatest concern for me. They, like the hostas, dominate the beds. My fear was the colour they would eventually display. The fear was realized when they bloomed orange last week. I know orange is a good contrast for purple, but it is not part of my preferred palate. They have redeemed themselves, the blossoms are glorious.
I will be thinning them out, quite a lot. There are a number of people volunteering to take the discards. I have a fabulous white one as a replacement and some more bearded irises. Plus I want room for spring bulbs, tulips, alliums, grape hyacinths, and narcissus.
The flowers have done very well, inspite of at least three heavy hail storms that punched holes in the hostas and beat down the pansies and impatients. Still, the weather has been warm and there has been lots of rain. Perfect for a riotous display of colour. So grateful for the glory of flowers. Praise God for the beauty of the earth.
Deuteronomy 32:2 May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth.