Today felt just like a beautiful spring day, even though it's December and most of the leaves are gone from the trees. I spent some time today doing what I do a lot of in the winter: cutting back/ ripping out Japanese honeysuckle and various other things, mostly blackberry canes. I swear honeysuckle grows as much during the winter as it does during the summer. May and June wouldn't be the same in NC without it though.
In honor of this beautiful weather -- which won't return tomorrow -- here's some pictures from May of this year.
Rosa palustris scandens, otherwise known as swamp rose.
To the left, in the background, is Indigoifera amblyantha, possibly the longest-blooming plant ever. To the right is a lovely meadow rue that grows wild here, still in bud (when it blooms it has creamy white flowers), and Carolina rose.
Foxglove and Carolina rose
'Zwanenburg Blue' spiderwort (amongst others), Hubricht's Amsonia, 'Foxi Pavement' and 'Hansa' roses, and swamp rose.
I planted 3 swamp roses in the ditch that runs behind the big perennial bed, and they are starting to size up nicely.
Wild Virginia sweetspire in bloom.
Swamp rose being swallowed by coastal pepperbush. There are worst fates.
Rosa palustris scandens and 'Veilchenblau' in vegetable garden border.
Swamp rose and 'Bayse's Purple'
Hubricht's/Willowleaf Amsonia by drive
I hope you have enjoyed this trip back in time to spring of this year. The spell of spring will be broken tomorrow -- temps are to fall into the 40's in the morning, with cold rain on Sunday.