More flowers! I knew it would be a great day to garden as soon as I saw the UPS van turning into the entrance way. My order from Bakker arrived on schedule and I was surprised at how well they packed the young plants and rootstock. I took the following photos with intentions of documenting each plant's growth, so cross my fingers that these will all like the environment here in the chestnut forest. The top photo - Thalictrum rochebrunianum - is from another Flickr user. It arrived as rootstock so I didn't take pics. According to Bakker, this type of meadow rue has pink flowers that bloom from strong branching stems. Ideal alone or in groups, or at the base of shrubs and plants.
Zaluzianskya ovata - the flowers are bright red in bud form and white when they blossom. It releases a delicious perfume in the evening, reminiscent of sweet almonds. Protect from frost in winter. I planted this in a large pot to be transported when necessary.
Hanging geraniums - in the Alto Adige and Trentino regions, geraniums cascade in thick, showy color from home balconies. The ones here are a variety of three colors: pink, maroon, pink-variegated. We've always gone with the usual bush-type, but MotH (my husband) really likes flowers that drape and hang all over the place so I thought we'd give these a try.
Salvia Hotlips (Microphylla) - I'm a sucker for plants with weird names. And for plants that attract butterflies, birds and bees. Can't wait until they bloom, then I can tell my father-in-law that they are Hot Lips in italian - Labbra calde.
The rest of the order (rootstock and corms): Anemone hupehensis 'Praecox' (japanese anemone) and Anemone coronaria 'Lord Lieutenant'. The only thing left to do is to find an apricot tree, but we really want something that is from an old strain and non-GMO. MotH likes to recall the old apricot tree that his grandfather tended to years ago...it brings back such fond memories for him. I don't care if the fruit isn't developed to look perfect, only that it can withstand alpine weather.
Today's high: 15°C / 59°F