Talk about cool! This is Pinellia tripartica atropurpurea, which was gifted to me by Don of An Iowa Garden.
We visited Don's garden in April and I posted about it here.
The Nigella are blooming very early this year. Nigella, aka Love-in-a-mist, is an annual that self seeds. Because our winter was "warm," the Nigella seeds germinated in the fall and were already 6-8" high in early spring.
This is a true blue flower and I love the delicate foliage.
Sisikyou showy primrose Ochothera
Papaver orientale 'Orange Scarlet'
Lupines fronted by Baptisia
Spires of pink
For information on growing lupines, you can check out my earlier post.
Also, I had mentioned that lupines may not grow in warmer climes. However, there are those famous "bluebonnets of Texas," which are a type of lupine. Obviously there are some cultivars suited for the South. Toni of Signature Gardens shows some in her Texas garden. If you look at the photos carefully and compare the leaves, the ones she shows have rather blunted or rounded tip leaves whereas mine have pointed tips - so definitely different cultivars. Anyway, if you are lusting over lupine and have a Southern garden, you might want to contact Toni for tips.
Views from above: West side of the cottage garden; in the background you can see the raspberry garden and part of the triangle garden
East side of the cottage garden and farther to the east (right) is the rocky garden - not a true "rock garden," but a garden with many pretty rocks...
More of the cottage garden
Mr. Oriole and I say thanks for stopping by!
"Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees." ~Anne Raver
Linking to Fertilizer Friday