There's something special about the garden first thing in the morning. It's quiet and the light is beautiful, especially this time of the year. The crisp air is invigorating and it's fun to see what's still blooming. Salvia 'May Night' has been in flower off and on since early summer. Landscape architect Michele McCann recommended it when she re-designed two perennial beds for a series of Digging with Doug videos.
It's tough, deer resistant, long blooming and a show stopper. I cut back the old blooms after the first flowering and the plant obliged with more deep blue blooms that continue today. 'May Night' received the Perennial of the Year Award for 1997. It's given by professional growers and landscapers from the Perennial Plant Association.
Butterflies and bees can't resist the plant and either can I, can't wait to see how it performs in its second season.
Pansies have been in pots now for about a month and are looking happy with the mild temperatures we've had so far. I'll be chronicling how long they will continue to bloom. I might even get a few more, I saw some at the nursery the other day along with a few orphan flowering kale. There's nothing like the cheery blooms of pansies at sunrise.
"Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into." Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858