With ground-soaking rains in April, summer-like sunshine in the first half of May, and now back to rain, the garden seems to be changing by the hour.
Strelitzia reginae or Bird of paradise is a really good reason to have a greenhouse. It started blooming in March and should last into July. I bought this one a couple years ago and is now blooming for the first time. It doesn't have any major pests that I know of, although sometimes spider mites or aphids will feed off its leaves in the greenhouse, but a monthly spraying of neem oil solves that problem. I keep it outside April-October.
|Azalea 'White Lights'|
|Clematis x cartmanii 'Blaaval' growing on the trunk of Trachycarpus fortunei|