New spring blooms are showing up in my garden as fast as rabbits appear when I uncover the lettuce bed in the vegetable patch.
This unnamed Allium greets visitors right before they step up onto the front porch. It’s in an odd location, like a lot of my fall planted bulbs.
I have a habit of scurrying around in the fall, generally when it is cold outside, with a handful of minor bulbs, looking for bare places to plant them, trying to remember if there is another bulb planted in a particular bare spot or if it is really a bare spot. Bad habit, perhaps, but I’m not the only one who does this, am I?
I never have to wonder where the hellebores are planted because they never really die back to the ground in the winter.
And I like how the hellebore flowers keep their form and just turn papery as the days get warmer, rather than wilting like a tulip. I just leave the hellebore flowers until they disappear. No deadheading required and for my lack of effort, I get some seedlings around the base of the plant.
The tulips were whipped around pretty good by the winds yesterday and most, except this pointy one, have now seen better days.I have no idea where the pointy tulip came from, but I like how it stands out from the crowd. Nothing wrong with being different, right?
In the back, a large viburnum, Viburnum prunifolium, Blackhaw Viburnum, is blooming. It’s blooms don’t stand out like that of a Snowball Bush Viburnum, but it is still an excellent background shrub, with glossy leaves and a nice shape.
Next to it is a struggling Mockorange, Philadelphus ‘Buckley’s Quill’.
The mockorange has nice flowers, but that’s about it. And is two weeks of bloom in the spring enough to justify looking at this straggly shrub the rest of the year?
I am reminded of what Elizabeth Lawrence wrote…”getting rid of poor plants is as important as seeking out the best…”
Perhaps it is time to get rid of this mockorange and replace it with something else, perhaps another Viburnum? Or maybe a lilac, like the ‘President Lincoln’ lilac I have on order? It could show up any day now, and I haven’t decided where to plant it. Rather than dance around the garden with it, maybe I’ll just cut out (or move) this mockorange, and plant it here.
What do you think? Are there some poor performing plants in your garden that you should really get rid of now and replace with something better?