Saturday, May 30, 2009

Yellow and Purple

We got an early start this morning: 7 a.m. and 50 degrees was perfect for a continuation of our mulching, and by noon it was already too hot to be outdoors. Forecast was for the 80's today and coupled with a high grass pollen count, favorable working conditions these are not.

As we worked our way around the garden beds, the morning cast a magic spell and transformed the plants into their essence of stardom.

The golden pendulous clusters of Laburnum watereri (Chain tree) rain from the sky, and close by Clematis 'The President' gives a nod.

Far more glorious than the photograph represents is this Hypericum androsaemum with its glowing yellow foliage tucked to one side of a Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'. The purple Allium which pop up everywhere have me in awe this time of year.

One of my favorite shrubs in our garden is the P 'Diablo', and this one stands about 8 feet tall. Frequently called ninebark, the deep burgundy foliage does not loose the depth of its color even in the hottest part of the summer, a similar characteristic of our favorite Crimson King Maple. And what's not to love of these pink-tinged blossoms?

How hot is the Allium against the Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'?

Yellow and purple, purple and yellow. I know God made yellow for purple, or was it the other way around. It just seems that one captures while the other reveals.