We had a blue Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday with much rain. Today is cloudy with several sunny days upcoming. Broad views right now are mostly massive green, so my pics are closer to the subjects.
Verbena bonairensis is hard to capture in an attractive way because it acts as a see-through scrim in front of other plants and does not show up well. You can see enough to see that it's almost 5 feet tall this year and a good stand. I tucked some Chartreuse alternanthera in with it and Purple Heart. There is a good cover of Sedum acre blooming yellow on one of the stones that has Graptopetalum in the crevice between stones.
Chartreuse Alternanthera caught the best of the rains, tucked into place just in time. The bed above faces south and Purple Heart is rallying from the roots as Poppies bloom above. Below, 'Pandora's Box' daylilies relocated last fall with bits of Purple Heart between is joined by a defining row of Chartreuse under a white Crape Myrtle. This is the far end of the Yellow Roses Bed. Every year I add a little more pine straw when it falls and the bed gets a little longer.
I planted some Muhly grass that is now trying to make a show by fall. One of two porterweeds has sprouts which butterflies will enjoy the spikes of tiny blooms soon. I planted coral porterweed in the Fiesta bed today. I think this bed has blue.
Triodanis perfoliata joining 'Victoria' Salvia farinacea which is at its best this year after all the rain.
I looked longingly at pictures of Salvias in the Lurie Garden. 'Victoria' is seed-grown and then I rooted more pieces when some failed. I am seeing this spring that years when we do not have ample rainfall is the primary reason for many failures, even of plants reported to be drought-tolerant.
Every day I find another sprout that decided to live another year, but there are several losses from cold and wet. I can hardly wait to see if white Lantana returns in the rock beds. Lots of Lantana sprouts, no blooms yet anywhere. I need more white for the greenhouse bed. One little plant survived; the big Lantana looks dead but I couldn't pull up the old root. Maybe it's just sulking. I will either root more or buy a new plant to start anew.
May is the time of year when we take stock of what survived and what needs pruning or removing. Did you have any surprises?