April showers have brought May flowers and a lot of action from the spring perennials. ABCs: Ajuga, Baptisia and Columbine. I know I am mixing scientific and common names here, but that is pretty normal in my garden. Whatever name I can remember is what I call the plants around me.
I have ajuga reptans – bugleweed – growing along the north side of the house in the shade. It is really vibrant now and the bees have been enjoying it.
Baptisia australis – blue false indigo. Both the blue flowers and the tender green leaves are so pretty now. This is a native Midwest plant.
Just before the thunderstorm last week I grabbed a three-legged, round stake and put it around the base of the baptisia to keep it from bending or breaking during the storm. It held up well. Last year I did not do that and it was messy after the storms. In front is catmint – nepeta ‘walker’s low’, which should start blooming soon.
Columbine has spread all over the northeast garden bed. The large clumps are so cheery, but each spring I have to pull up a lot of baby columbine plants before they crowd out my other plants.
Bee on Columbine. I am not sure if this is a carpenter bee or a bumble bee.
I have a few of these lavender colored columbine flowers blooming now.
A close-up of a chive flower that I planted under the American plum bushes.
The lily of the valley are blooming now.
During this long weekend I did not want to work too hard, but yesterday was a beautiful day, so I got out and pruned the dead flowers and branches off the lilac bushes, since this is the best time to year to trim them up. Meanwhile, my daughter sat nearby and we discussed a term paper for her summer class. What a beautiful weekend we are having!
In the background you can see the purple ajuga as well as the lily of the valley plants along the fence.