Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
Note to self: Next time you want to try something a little different, do not wait until the day before Bloom Day to do it! See, I assumed that I wouldn’t have any actual blooms to share, and I was getting a little bored with my all-brown or brown-and-white December photos, so I decided to see if I could do comparison shots of the same combinations in two different seasons. That turned out to be a lot tricker than I expected! But to start, my one flower (bud) shot above, of Erica ‘Golden Starlet’. This poor thing gets smothered by a nearby amsonia through most of the growing season, yet manages to survive and even flower. Bless its little heart for coming through for Bloom Day this month.
And now, some comparisons. This one is from the side garden, featuring yellow-stemmed ‘Silver and Gold’ dogwood (Cornus sericea), pony tail grass (Stipa tenuissima), and silverleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens subsp. radiata). The top is from yesterday; the bottom is from July.
Here’s another vignette in the side garden that’s held up well, taken from the other side of the bed shown above. You can see the yellow stem tips of the ‘Silver and Gold’ dogwood, along with the red stems of a variegated sport of ‘Cardinal’ dogwood, and the blond locks of the pony tail grass. In the photo I took yesterday, the summer stars are barely visible.
But it’s easy to see the silver willow (Salix alba var. sericea) and the giant fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha) in the June shot below.
The silver willow is also the anchor for the border just outside the fence. Here’s the view from a week ago, with the grasses and the rudbeckia, echinacea, and liatris seedheads dusted by snow…
…and the same view in October.
Here’s a quiet shot of a corner of the front garden taken a week ago, of Knock Out rose (Rosa ‘Radrazz’) with ‘Dallas Blues’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum) and Japanese emperor oak (Quercus dentata):
And a rather louder version of the same from June, with the plumes of giant fleeceflower.
And one more set, from the Arc Borders. The first image is from a week ago, starring a variety of grasses and seedheads.
And from July, featuring the foliage of golden elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’). Aaah, look at that green!
Well, that was fun. I’ll have to try that again – making sure I give myself plenty of time! For more Bloom Day pics from all around the world, be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens.