This has been a terrible week for gardening. We have had a solid week’s worth of rain. Sometimes, we feel the best time to plant and garden is on days when there is no direct sun and a little drizzle. This wasn’t the case the entire week. Most times, the rain came down in a torrential downpour. Crazy rain is tough for a gardener here in Connecticut at the end of May. The end of May is when it is time to get most things planted in the soil. We were getting nervous. Finally, there was a small break and so it was time to run out and plant.
There are two new plants that we added into our garden that we would like to introduce. The first is Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ seen above in its new home on the far left.
The old-fashioned bleeding heart has been one of our garden favorites for years. They are substantial plants that bear long, arching racemes of pink flowers. ‘Gold Heart’ is the same classic beauty, but with one marvelous variation: it has metallic gold leaves and peach-colored stems instead of the usual green. Blooms start here in Connecticut in May and last several weeks, finally subsiding with the arrival of the summer heat. They are long-lived, reliable and they will self sow. We planted ‘Gold Heart’ beside its cousins. Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ is in the middle. ‘Alba’ produces white versus the more common pink flowers. A regular Dicentra spectabilis finishes out the row to the right and is already giving us a show of beautiful pink flowers.
The next new member of the garden is Uvularia grandiflora.
Also known as large-flowered bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora is a plant in the family Colchicaceae, native to eastern North America. It blooms in May, producing large yellow flowers. The top parts of the plant tend to bend downward due to the weight of the leaves and flowers. The light green stems are round and the leaves are perfoliate, meaning the stem appears to come through the leaves at the base.
We love planting new plants into our garden. We especially like plants that are more on the rare and unique side, like the plants we just added. There wasn’t much time for us to plant more than these two new additions into our garden. Unfortunately, the rain returned. We are going back to building our ark in the meantime. Do you have any rare or unique plants that you like that you could share with us on Acorns On Glen?