Alas, there is only one bloom in the garden for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I have had to resort to sharing my beautiful grocery store tulips with you all.
I love orange tulips, especially, the over the top multi-colored varieties. I plant a few in the garden every fall and cross my fingers that they survive the rodents to bloom in the spring. I must admit that it has only been in the last few years have I come to appreciate this intense and vibrant color.
|Spirea's orange and golden leaves in a cobalt container
|Switch Grass (click for link)
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I appreciate the cool architectural statement Yucca makes year round. I knew they attracted a special moth to pollinate them, but, I didn't know that they provide a cool respite for insects to hide during the hot weather.
Although, my garden is mostly natives, I flipped for Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon'. Take a look at its wispy leaved, golden late fall color and then add to that, very early blooming, honey scented flowers covered with bees and you'll totally understand how come this exotic made the cut. I had hoped it would be dressed in its fall colors when the asters were blooming, but, I believe I appreciate this late color even more.
|Last year my mettle was tested
PS Now, please pop over to May Dreams Gardens, where our delightful hostess, Carol, has set up the Mr Linky magic carpet ride to more Bloom Day posts than you can imagine. After that, make sure to stop by Digging to see Foliage Follow-Up. Pam says it’s a way to remind ourselves of the importance of foliage in the garden.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone."