But see that daylily in front? I am pretty sure it will bloom some shade of orange. I think I read somewhere that orange doesn’t go with magenta, but when I think of tropical color schemes it seems like they include both orange and magenta. At any rate, whether or not I think the daylily flowers “go with” the magenta flowers, it’s still a better combination than dock and dandelions, which is what I had before.In the back corner is ‘Black Negligee’actea. Threading through the bed is ‘Ringsabell Mulberry Rose’ campanula, a trial plant from Skagit Gardens. (It was one tiny plant. Make sure its companions are sturdy and vigorous. You have been warned.)The bright golden leaves belong to ‘Amber Moon’ astilbe, introduced this year by Walters Gardens and sent to me to try in my garden. Even when it’s not blooming, I love the contrast the foliage makes with the dark, moody colors in the rest of this bed. The Japanese painted fern picks up those dark purple tints in the ribs of its fronds. In the back, ‘Black Stockings’ thalictrum is still gathering strength. I hope next year that its airy blooms will bring that plummy color up to a higher level. This iris was given to me by a gardening friend in Tennessee. I was not even sure it was hardy here. But after surviving this past winter, it bloomed at the beginning of this month, reminding me of the serendipitous way we make friends with gardeners in different climates.
This is the third year I am gardening in this place, and my garden would have far more gaps if those self-sowers hadn’t filled them in. My garden would be far less interesting without the plants from gardeners I have met through this blog and from nurseries which have sent plants for me to trial–and tell you about. In this garden at the new house, I am planning less and designing with what I have, often digging something up and moving it where I think it will perform better or look more beautiful. I feel more like an artist than the undergardener implementing the plan drawn up by the head gardener (also myself) in the middle of winter, and I have my friend in Tennessee to thank for that. She taught me by her example.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.