The spring garden is fading into oblivion. It's a bittersweet time. With the majority of my garden spaces in partial to heavy shade, spring--before the heavy tree canopy is fully formed--brings the biggest pop of color to our slice of the world.
Over the coming days, our view will slip into a canvas that showcases the spectrum of greens, lightly dotted with pale lavender, soft pink, cream and white and a border of taxi-cab yellow (Stella d'Oro). Hostas, fern and coral bells lend good leafy color, but the magnificent, colorful blooms found in sunny spots won't be found here.
To wrap up springtime sensations, here are the last of my most colorful blooms.
Try as I might, I couldn't get close enough to this cute hummingbird to get a good shot of it. He was a skittish little guy. This is enlarged (almost to oblivion), but you can get a sense of it.
Hallelujah! This dainty little fern-leaf peony finally bloomed--after about five years. My husband fell in love with it--when it had no bloom on it--on a trip to the garden shop. He brought it home and planted it. Each year, it teased us with one stinkin' little bud that never opened. Each year, the bud just shriveled up and died on the plant. At last, this year, that one stinkin' little bud bloomed. It was a small bloom. About three inches across. But, that's a step in the right direction.
Make it a great day!