I know this is supposed to be more of a neighborhood blog than a garden blog, but now that May is here, I can't promise you won't be seeing pictures of plants. Anyway, this post is semi-topical, since it contains pictures of plants that grow exceedingly well on the western edge of Beacon Hill.
Like Ceanothus (top left, varietal Julia Phelps) and Sedum (the yellow one is Angelina).
This rock wall was overgrown with weeds last year, so we planted a bunch of stuff to try to keep the weeds at bay. It's remarkable how well it's working. (Not that I didn't spend the entire day yesterday liberating these plants from the weeds, but still, at least they've been growing and taking up some of the space.) That stuff with the yellow flowers is donkeytail Euphorbia. The orange and pink flowery stuff at top is heather. The green leaves closest to the camera is Ceanothus "Point Reyes." The rest are various Sedum.
This Ceanothus "Point Reyes," like all Ceanothus, is evergreen.
I put some orange Carex grasses (or are those chocolate sedge? it's hard to tell...) in as well. I think I like them here.
A Mexican feather grass and a bunch of Sedum "Autumn Joy," which will turn purple and produce beautiful flowers in the fall.
That yellow stuff is Sedum "Angelina," which grows so well in our yard, I feel like I could just sprinkle it on the ground and it would start taking over.
The Crypromeria cristata are definitely not dying, as we feared this winter.
They're a total freak show. I love them.
Euphorbia, Sedum, heather.
The donkeytail Euphorbia and Ceanothus "Point Reyes" are cohabiting nicely so far.
Let's revisit the Ceanothus "Julia Phelps," since I think it might just be the loveliest plant in all of May.
This is when the blue blossoms explode like fireworks.
To get a better feel for how vivid that blue is, check it out next to the yellow Sedum.
OK, a quick peek at the front yard too. More Sedum.
And Allium in a container with a ginkgo tree.