Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Very Gray May

 It's been a mix of rain and cool temps off and on for several days here in New England! I've officially dubbed this month "Gray May ". I feel just like our new baby chicks! We've been " cooped " up in the house waiting for the sun for nearly a week. Oh, it's made a few short appearances over the last couple of days but nothing to jump up and down about. In the meantime, the garden has been growing at warp speed while unfinished spring projects wait to be tended to. The sun popped out one day last week so I ran out to snap a few photos of our  late spring bloomers and new growth in the garden.

The Azalea shrubs are bright and cheery despite the clouds over head.

The Clematis has loads of buds. Soon it will be covered in pink and white blossoms. 

The Tree Peonies will be dripping in soft, creamy white petals in just a few short weeks.

I love the texture and color Sedum Autumn Joy brings to the garden in late summer, early fall. It can perk up a tired perennial garden or steel the show all on its own. It is stunning planted in rows as a small hedge or border.

Soon the bright yellow faces of Yarrow will be mingling happily amongst the Lavender blossoms.

This Oak Leaf Hydrangea shrub survived it's first winter in the garden and is leafing out beautifully! I chose it for its large cone shaped blossoms and burgundy colored foliage in the fall.

Here's what it looks like in bloom!

I've added several Catmint to the garden this year. I love their minty scented leaves and the purple blossoms last spring through fall. This variety is called Nepeta Six Hills Giant. 

Photo credit Martha Stewart Home. 

Containers wait for summer herbs and annuals.

A new load of stone has been delivered so the "great wall of china" can be competed. Mr. Stone man is doing a wonderful job.

Only a few more layers to go!

Here the Bee Balm and Butterfly Bush are soaking up the sun...Soon it will be us!  It won't be long... right? What kind of spring weather are you having?

Here's one of my favorite books for gardening in New England! 

I'm wishing you sunshine where ever you are and happy late spring gardening adventures!

I'm linking this post to Brambleberry Cottage  , Fertilizer Friday and the Homestead Barn Hop!

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