Looking over the majority of my blog postings, it looks as if nothing goes on around here but demolition work. I took the camera outside this morning solely looking for things of beauty to photograph for a change.
Not sure if the name is right, but the bright blue flowers shown here at barely one inch tall are Veronica Umbrosa 'Georgia Blue'.
The plant was given to me by a good friend and though it is a creeping ground cover, so far it has been very well-mannered in the garden. Any blue flower is a magnet for me!
Another plant I can't propagate quickly enough is Adiantum pedatum, commonly known as Maidenhair Fern. The first time I saw one of these beauties was in my good friend Mary's garden on a rocky outcropping. I fell in love with the black stems and the delicate fronds. They look so fragile, but they are much sturdier than they seem. I was amazed to learn they grow in the wild in Wisconsin. (This one was bought from a greenhouse, by the way.) One afternoon after a kayaking trip up north, we were walking through a woods only to find ourselves in the midst of hundreds of Maidenhair ferns which were thriving near a decaying oak tree. I wish I had brought a camera, it was a lovely sight. Every so often I divide my 'mother plant' and place them in all of the shady beds here and there, they especially look wonderful next to rocks and hosta plants adding a touch of airy charm.
I purchased this Maidenhair fern 'Miss Sharples'
Another fern I am fond of is 'Tatting Fern' Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'. This fern hasn't been as robust a grower for me as the maidenhair or the Japanese ferns, but it is still lovely.
Here is a plant not always welcome in many people's gardens due to it's tendency to seed itself around, but not a problem here: Corydalis Lutea or the yellow bleeding heart.
These happy faces belong to a geranium that Joel brought home from a road construction site years ago.
And, last but not least, another unnamed columbine:
I wanted to get a picture of the inside, but had to stand on my head for the shot.
Until tomorrow, Karen