There are five weigelas in the yard: Weigela florida ‘Eyecatcher,’ Wine and Roses weigela: Weigela florida ‘Alexandra,’ My Monet weigela: Weigela florida ‘Verweig,’ French Lace weigela: Weigela florida ‘Brigela,’ and Weigela florida ‘Red Prince.’ We ended up with so many because they are hummingbird plants. As I mentioned in another post, unfortunately the Wine and Roses weigela turned out to be a weird shape…. it is going to get quite the snip.
I took these pictures of the warty barberry, Berberis verruculosa, before I left town. There are two of these in the yard, right against the neighbor’s property. Yes, they are pokey. I think that they are scented, but it is a little dangerous to sniff them.
Behind the plants, you can see what we call either the neighbor’s hate fence or the chicken coop.
I arrived home to find two of the hebes blooming!
In this post I included pictures of Ceanothus impressus ‘Vandenberg,’ which bloomed quite abundantly. There are three other ceanothus in the yard… El Dorado ceanothus: Ceanothus thrysiflorus ‘Perado,’ Ceanothus griseus horizontalis ‘Diamond Heights’ (a groundcover), and Ceanothus x ‘Dark Star.’
Although Ceanothus impressus ‘Vandenberg had its own post, I wanted to share these bee pictures
Part of the front yard became a deciduous azalea garden because when we went to buy one or two we ended up with… seven I think. They just smell so great! Unfortunately I was out of the country for the very height of the blooming period, but here are some pictures that I took before I left. ‘Millennium’ azalea and Rhododendron viscosum, a species swamp azalea, did not bloom this year.
There was an incident with the old ‘Cannon’s Double’ azalea on the side of the house – one year it stopped being double. The co-gardener wanted a new one for the backyard, but the old, now-single, one is still in the yard as well.
UPDATE: also see this post
There are two doublefile viburnums in the yard. I think the perfect point in their blooming was while I was out of the country, but I am including the pictures from before I left.
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ is a very classic version, and creates the typical doublefile look. This plant was bought bare-root.
The other doublefile viburnum, Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake,’ is more of an upright plant (according to the book I checked out from the library). Last year it bloomed for several months, which I don’t think is the norm for doublefiles.
Doublefile viburnums can get pretty huge (which will be nice because obviously the neighbor’s fence is ugly).
There are two ‘Autumn Embers’ (evergreen) azaleas in the front yard. The big deal with them is that they are part of a re-blooming azalea series – they bloom again in the fall. I have not really made up my mind – they may have turned out to be more orange than I expected. The pictures were taken in the sun, so I am not sure if that gets across here. I think they will look better when they get a big bigger and have more of a presence.
I am told that this is a ‘Purple Splendor’ (evergreen) azalea. Yes, it is a bit of a funny shape (although that is not entirely obvious in this photo).