Yes, it will get cleaned up quite a bit but a lot of weedy things, like forget-me-nots get to stay in place until they become scraggly and get pulled out.
Pink and orange is all the rage.
It's impossible to walk on this path without being thwacked in the face by Schefflera delavayi foliage. Maybe I should tie it back.
Some interesting potted Acer palmatum around the pond have thrown strong roots through drainage holes and are now stuck in place.
Bamboo foliage must be blown off the paths one of these days but why bother, it'll just be followed by more. All. Summer. Long.
There are random and uneven bricks under that mat of forget-me-nots. The flowers are prettier.
Really, what's up with this mess?
Oh sure, there's always room for more plants.
That, my friends, is while you mostly see close-ups of my garden!
Imagine my delight just after taking this picture of a new Gentiana acaulis 'Undulatifolia' to find that some of those planted in the ground last year, were also in bloom.
Just can't get enough of Rhododendron 'President Roosavelt.'
Rhododendron 'Wine and Roses' is also blooming but it's the dramatic wine-colored indumentum for which I prize this one.
Japanese maple something or other with shokingly zingy pink spring foliage. (Don't be intimidated by the highly technical language.)
Berberis 'Orange Rocket' is a three season favorite.
Random sempervivum from McClendon Hardware wearing rain jewels.
No more space for plants, right? Right.
You see, it's like this, I'd admired Berberis temolaica at Dragonfly farms years ago.
It was my understanding that this one is difficult to propagate from cuttings but that Heidi was going to try and do some grafts. I just found out that she was successful after I ordered one from Gossler Farms. Anyway, their packaging was simple and highly effective at keeping the plant in place, no packing material necessary. It looks as if this one is grafted on other root stock. I'm thinking that the blue will go really well with B. Orange Rocket.
At least we can sit at the back table and pretend that there aren't plants to get into the ground. Oops. Yes, there is a holding area down by the greenhouse but I like to keep the new ones up here to admire and to shame myself into doing something with them. Does it look like it's working?
If you have a lot of empty pots hanging around that you slip brugmansias and begonias in during the summer, you can throw some new arrivals in those for a while.
So, there you have it, a glimpse of my messy spring garden, quite neglected because of the rain, cold, and lack of motivation.
Maybe I should just hang a sign like this one, stay inside and pretend it's still winter.
Photo by Loree Bohl of Danger Garden. Used with permission.