I am only in the second week of my annual spring work schedule with another six weeks to go, but it is already wearisome. With only one day off, I have not had much time for my own garden or for keeping up with the blogging world. It's a common complaint of mine this time of year, but at least I am fortunate that my vocation and my avocation are the same. So in that spirit, here are a few things I saw at work today.
This is a nice pairing of Chocolate Chip Ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'), which is in full bloom now, planted next to a mixed bed of Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') and Angelina Sedum (Sedum rupestre 'Angelina').
My last blog post was about Stauntonia hexaphylla, and I had to use a Wikipedia Commons picture to show the flowers. If I had been more patient, I could have used the vine planted at work as an example.
The rest of the photos are of Tulips, a plant the begs to be photographed. Here in the South they are generally considered annuals, as we normally only get one good year out of them. But we have found that some varieties are better at returning than others, especially if they are planted 10" deep, no matter what the package says. Despite their reputation, the variety in the first picture has bloomed for the past 6 to 8 years.
Ripe peaches anyone?
How about this accidental pairing with Loropetalum?
The Pansy is Ultima Morpho and the Tulip is Monte Cristo.
We are in the process of redoing one of the gardens at work in memory of our friend JoEllen who died in January. We are doing some serious editing and will add things as spring progresses. It most likely will not be complete until Daylily season in June, and I am sure I will do a post on it then. In the meanwhile cerise Tulips planted several years ago look good and will remain.