So, at the beginning of April, it looked like this.
|The sleeping angel kitty used to be nestled under the big rock. I like this spot better.
|I harvested another major crop of rocks when digging holes for all the plants
|For a few days I left these Centaurea dealbata here by the fence, and then had a brainstorm that they would be more at home in the front garden, so out they came
|I dug up some tall Veronica 'Lilac Fantasy' and Sesleria autumnalis from another bed that was too crowded and planted them in the Bottle Tree Bed
|View of the Bottle Tree Bed as you enter the back garden through the gate
At Hortlandia a couple of weeks ago I bought two Tulipa 'Love on Fire,' and planted them in the bed next to the Carex 'Banana Boat.' But I think it needs more spring bulbs, like windflowers and species tulips, to brighten it up even more early in the year. I'll try to remember to order some in the fall.
Later in the month, just a few days ago in fact, I planted three pots of strawberry foxglove in the bed, plants which I sowed two winters ago.
Some of the new plants in the bed are flowering.
|Lamium orvala, although still short, has put out a cluster of flowers. I certainly hope it gets taller next year after it has a year to grow and settle its roots.
|Isn't it a pretty flower?
|Verbascum phaeum, grown from seed a few years ago, is going to flower despite being dug and replanted
My Ribes sanguineum are flowering profusely too, to the great delight of the hummingbirds and bees. I planted them here four years ago, bought from the Pierce Conservation District sale quite inexpensively, and they have turned from leafless sticks with roots into towering flower-laden (and later currant-laden) shrubs.
|Flowering maybe two feet or so over my head
|My tiny yellow tree peony, which returned two winters in a row while still in its little nursery pot. I hope it thrives here too.
The bottle tree bed is home to a couple of other pieces of garden art. This rusty old bird, bought a couple of years ago at The Best of the Northwest, a juried art sale in the early spring (I blogged about it here), peers out at visitors from behind the Sambucus 'Black Beauty.'
This little piece of beaded garden art came from Gardener's Supply a few years ago, and the beads, especially the amber ones, have faded in the weather and sunshine.
Now, at the end of April, after some tweaking and spring growth, the bed looks like this:
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