To top it off I have to start out with "Jack Frost" my favorite brunnera of them all .. I don't care what new cultivars they breed .. Jack has my heart completely and talk about moving on quickly .. these pictures are from two days ago and the plants have jumped up even further since then. Jack will be filled with those perfect tiny blue flowers and I am loving him all the more for that treat : )
I'm going to do a quick switch to some annuals I use to do my two planters with on the front step .. some new coleus that drew my attention in a split second ..
Coleus "Henna" .. "Indian Summer" .. and "Rustic Orange" .. talk about dramatic appeal .. it made me drop my regular "Kong" and drove me to try these new ones out. I have a burgundy spike grass that goes in the middle .. Gold Creeping Jenny for a trailer affect and those will be my planters for eye candy if all goes well !
Switching back to the tried and true .. my old fashioned Bleeding Heart is a beauty each year .. it keeps company with my favorite Monkshood Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ .. another old fashioned one but still my pick : )
Hard to imagine such delicate little flowers wait all winter to show themselves off in the Spring.
Freckles violet or Viola sororia 'Freckles' .. another little beauty that is down right hardy thankfully .. it puts up with a lot of nonsense where I have it .. something likes to lunch on it almost every year ..
I think the ostrich ferns are gossipping again .. all they need is a cup of coffee in the little green hands and it would be in full swing !
Finally a little peak at what I am still working on for my "shared space" ideas .. there are ostrich ferns, Halcyon Hosta ( in those root forms from my Costco craziness) .. Lily of the Valley .. and soon to join them all will be is clematis "Sweet Autumn" .. plus those stepping stones that might be another year in the making .. but it is all going to be wonderful eventually !