We were gone for a week in mid-April and as might be expected you will miss some things at this time of year as part of price of traveling. We bought the above Osti’s Peony from Wrightman’s Alpines as a very small plant in 2015 so this was first time we were to see it in bloom, and we almost missed it. Similarly a very dwarf yellow Rhododendron that we got just last year from McCue Gardens was already past its peak in flowering when we got back.
Another one we missed was the first of the Molly the witch peonies. However, the second one still had a flower bud opening. I keep planting them in the hopes that I will end up the yellow flowers the Mollys are famous for.
Similarly, but more unfortunate, the Dryas octopetala that had three buds had already finished blooming by the time we returned. We had planted seeds of the Dryas last year after enjoying them when we went to the Dolomites. Fortunately there were still a lot of flowers to enjoy upon our return. Especially a few more Peonies.
Another of Arisaemas has popped up.
It is particularly striking with the bright white spadix.
Various of the Euphorbias are lighting up the garden as well as several dwarf Iris flowers.
In a couple of spots we have lovely little blue Corydalis flowers.
Back in alpine bed, the Kidney Vetch that I started from seed obtained from BotanyCa is growing very strongly.
Nearby is a lovely white Pasque Flower that my son grew from seed obtained from the AGS seed exchange in 2012.
And one last flower is the first Clematis of the season.
And let me close out this post with the note that if you focus on foliage you are never disappointed by missing the flowers.