One of the things I love about gardens and gardening is that they are full of surprises and dramas. Non-gardeners might smile at this, but it’s true. Life and death. Good and evil. Sublimity and earwigs. And in a spring where lilacs, tulips, and tree peonies are blooming together, anything can happen. The surprise in my garden today was finding two blooms on my tree peony, appearing a month early. But closer examination revealed other small dramas.
Do you have dry shade? Wood poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are your friend. The flowers are a glowing buttery yellow, and look beautiful with brunneras. It will self seed, but nicely, and sometimes re-blooms in the fall.
Speaking of good and evil, the flowers of this perennial comfrey are lovely, but this plant is invasive–it’s tunneling under the patio as we speak. The herbal comfrey is also invasive, and as helpful and beautiful as comfreys can be, I would skip them.
Ferns are drama queens as they emerge from the soil, lifting their heads up slowly as they unfurl. This is a spleenwort, not a household name in midwestern gardens, but it is one of the most drought-tolerant ferns I know of.
Well, time to lie down on the living room sofa and pretend to be reading the paper, when I’m actually softly dozing. Love Sundays!