Pictured below is one of several Hostas I have planted in pots. This one is in a large orange pot sitting in the shade of the Purple Smoke Tree. Not all color comes from blooms.
The hedge is fluffier than usual for this time of year and it takes Rich longer to trim it these days. I still marvel that he manages to trim this behemoth at all.
Looks like somebody -- me -- needs to trim the barberry.
My favorite azalea spills spectacularly over the garden steps. I don't trim it as I prefer its natural shape, but I do see a couple of straggling branches I'll snip off after the flowers fade.
LuLu has found a cool, shady spot at the foot of the stairs.
Several different plants are allowed to grow and mingle at will along the steps.
Orange deciduous and deep pink evergreen azaleas. I saved this slip of pink azalea from the deer. They ravaged four bushes one winter.
Walking into the backyard -- wind chimes hanging from the maple tree.
Another Hosta in a pot.
Pictured below is a Rhododendron in the backyard. It starts out dark pink and fades to this delicate shade. Blooms are bell shaped. The white flower spikes below it are a wildflower which is very invasive and some may call it a weed, but I rather like it.
There's that ground cover wildflower/weed again, growing along the backyard path. I've just recently planted a few annuals and you can see a pot of Impatiens nestled into the ground cover. I'm looking forward to its summer color.
We're staying home this Memorial Day weekend, which is nothing new because we always stay home on holiday weekends. Oregon has opened some parks with restrictions -- bathrooms and gathering areas are closed, for instance. It's going to be a madhouse out there, I think. We'll let things settle down before we venture out with the motorhome.
This is a weekend for honoring our veterans so let's not forget that, even though most of the usual activities have been curtailed. The thought is still there and we can all observe in our own way. Wishing you a good week as we continue to navigate these unusual times.