This past week I had an unexpected and overdue opportunity to get some work done in the garden. I weeded, pruned, pulled yellowing Narcissus foliage and tired Pansies, but left the Violas which seem unaffected by our warming weather, so far. I also pulled up all my Brassicas including Red Bor Kale and Giant Red Mustard. When I began gardening I was told to cut off the flowers on these plants, maybe it was to extend their lives, but in my garden the flowers stay, and when they are spent, the plant comes out. I must make room for what's to come.
Giant Red Mustard (Brassica juncea var. rugosa)
Iris x 'Impersonator'
Purple Smoke Baptisia (Baptisia 'Purple Smoke')
May Night Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night')
French Hollyhock (Malva zebrina)
Rose 'Hot Cocoa'
Rose 'Pat Austin'
I do not know what species of Sedum this is, but I use it like green mulch.
Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
The Confederate or Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) began blooming here this week, and I am writing this post under the influence of its heavy perfume.
This is the first of my Hydrangeas to show any color, I was told it was Penny Mac (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac') when it was given to me.
In the picture below are all the plants that have accumulated on my front porch over the past few weeks, waiting for me to get them planted. Most are in pots or the ground now, and perhaps they will be seen in a future Bloom Day post. If you would like to see what other people are sharing for this month's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, then you should visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, after all it is her month.