glancing around at the blooms in the Spring sunshine is such an uplifting experience.
Growing things feeds my soul...
there's something so cheerful about a window box filled with colour
or a smattering of colour in an otherwise plain bed.
Drought tolerant grasses have their place in the garden too.
They add variations of colours and texture
many smaller grasses are very reasonably priced.
My favourite is the Black Mondo grass which is still quite expensive...
frugal gardener's love a free snip here or there.
When it comes to something new and rather unusual we keep these plants until they are well established before dividing them and popping them into other areas in our own garden...
and then we can share them.
Mondo grass is one of these plants
as is the newest black hellebore!
I love the shade of this euphorbia
I put up with it's habit to procreate willy nilly
because it is so pretty.
The sap can burn your skin so do be cautious when you are cutting the stalks.
It makes a lovely filler in a bouquet but the water can be milky from the sap so you may want to use a coloured vase instead of a vase of clear crystal.
Lady's Mantle is another great plant to grow as a filler for bouquets.
It is hardy and re-seeds everywhere so beware...
don't say that I did not warn you!
if you are diligent you can pull the babies up and give them away or toss them on the compost pile.
The flowers are frothy and a heavenly shade of chartreuse green!
a variegated euphorbia
this was a gallon size only two years ago and it is thriving
I am pulling up lots of seedlings and have given lots to my sister
who has a home in the Highlands area.
I don't think the deer like these plants.
For her sake I hope that's true as she has a regular crew of deer cruising through her acreage!
A beast of a euphorbia
bulky and vast
fills in nicely...
The Humble Bungalow is under seige.
A roofing crew are on site and there's a vast bin in the drive almost full of cedar shakes...
the house was shaking and it felt like the men were walking on the ceiling
then at 4 o'clock when they quit for the day
I sighed and put the kettle on.
I do love peace and quiet.
(and so do the cats)
How is your week going so far?