Matt and I took advantage of a "20% off native plants" coupon this past weekend and purchased an oval-leaved viburnum, six checkermallows, one Washington lily, and a gooseberry.
I love the dense shrubby habit of viburnums. Viburnum ellipticum is deciduous with leaves that turn red in the fall. Its white flowers appear in the late spring. You can bet I'll be keeping my eye out for them.
These Sidalcea hendersonii will likely end up in the front rain garden this weekend. Their happy pink flowers are really something great. I would love it if they spread throughout the rain garden and created a sea of pink.
|The lily is hidden among the soon-to-bloom checkermallows.|
A native with edible berries, Ribes divaricatum will grow six feet tall, and is sure to be a hit with birds. We planted it along with the other, nonnative gooseberries, around the back rain garden.
|Andy inspects the new gooseberry.|
Other recent additions to our garden include a Brown Turkey fig tree (a gift from my dad and his girlfriend) and a Meyer lemon tree.
Concerned our Meyer lemon might be lonely, we brought home a friend for him. My plan is to buy two nice ceramic pots and flank the steps on the deck with the two trees in warm weather. During the winter, we'll need to bring the citrus indoors.
The vegetable garden continues to grow really well, despite Andy trying to sneak tastes of everything. The greens have been loving this cool, wet spring.
While the garden changes everyday, there are some things that never change: the doggles still enjoy their sun bathing on the deck.