Purple, Purple and really Purple


Last fall I planted over fifty tulip bulbs.  I was rather disappointed with how they displayed the spring before.  It must have been a good winter for them because even the bulbs from the previous year bloomed this.  My favourite are the Queen of the Night.

DSC_0075 DSC_0081 DSC_0086I spent most of the morning in the garden, planting potatoes, peas, onions and garlic.  We are not going over board this year.  I might add some carrots tomorrow.  That will be determined by the amount of rain we receive overnight.  We are currently under a severe rain warning.  Last time one was issued, all the low areas were flooded.  It was a laugh to see the flag on the ninth hole of the local Golf and Country club waving bravely from the middle of a lake.

I hope you are all enjoying your Victoria Day.

How are things growing?


The garden is very white, entirely unintended.  The columbine has come beautifully this year.  The last two it struggled as a result of getting wind born spray meant to control the dandelions in the lawn.  They don’t bother me, but hubby insisted.

There are a few Lily of the Valley left after the front was replanted.  The Anenomes are huge this year, possibly due to the winter kill thinning them down to much smaller clumps.  I love the hint of mauve toward the centres.

The Icelandic Poppies are blooming profusely, almost all of them are white.  Once the blue and purple Delphinium start blooming they will compliment perfectly.

I am so pleased with the little Violas I picked up at the greenhouse this year.  They are vibrant little bunches that bloom, and bloom and bloom, not getting leggy at all.  They are so sweet, a long time favourite.  It brings to mind my grandmother’s garden and the long beds of pansies along the walk to the front door.  Every time I visited while they were in bloom I would beg permission to pick a bouquet.  Some times, not too often, she would say yes.

The flower beds are not entirely white, there are patches of colour here and there.  Only one of four bleeding hearts survived.  I think the application of herbicide mentioned earlier contributed greatly to the demise of the one in the front garden.  The survivor at the back fence is flourishing.  I am a bit concerned about it however, as an equally large Delphinium is crowding it out.  We’ll have to see how they get along this summer.

As I have stated on numerous occasions, purple is my favourite colour.  I am thrilled with the very dark purple, almost black columbines that I planted last year and returned healthy and robust this year.  Late tulips in the front garden are almost the same colour.  Things definitely are growing well!

And…the chives are blooming!