It seems like the bleeding heart grows a foot each day. It's in it's full glory right now in the "garage garden". I don't show you full beds too often because most of my gardens are new so still look a little bare. But this border is filling in nicely in it's second full year. The clematis was here but totally overgrown so I cut it back the first year. (The chicken wire you see above it is a hope that one day the clematis will reach it and wind it's way around the corner of the garage). This garden is also home to our "wedding maple" - the Japanese maple that our beloved friends gave us on our wedding day (4 years on the 21st). It came with us from the old house. It's variety is "Japanese maple orangeola" due to its coppery hues. Love the weeping variety.
Also in full bloom is the forget-me-not (myosits) creating a blue carpet at the edge of the borders. Yes, it's invasive. Yes, it self seeds all over the place. BUT it's beauty defies it's problems in my eyes and I have it sprinkled around the garden for it's lovely fairy like flowers. At the end of the blooming season, I thin each clump to keep them under control. But I love the surprise of finding new ones each year as they scatter around the garden.
How can you not love a flower that's this small but has so much impact?
The flowering shrubs and trees are truly magnificent this year. You saw the magnolia in full bloom last week with pink everywhere. All the pink is gone for now and we are lit by some lovely whites including this viburnum - I don't know the species. It seems to have twice as many blossom clusters this year. It must be due to the cool, wet March and April we experienced in this area.
And finally, this purple iris is getting ready to put on it's show. A gift last year from a curling friend who's front garden is full of these, I'm happy to see a few flower spikes this year.
There's still a lot more work to do to get the beds in order. If I didn't keep expanding them it would all be done by now. This weekend is a long weekend here in Ontario and the weather looks perfect for gardening. So I'm hoping to finish some work on Monday after my grandsons go home. There will be no gardening or work being done while my darlings are here!!