Spring is flying by. My garden has arrived at a kind of awkward stage where there doesn't seem to be a lot blooming. Driving around I see lots of azaleas and dogwoods, but I don't have very many azaleas since I know deer like them and I get a lot of deer browsing. When I take a careful look, I realize that I do have several things in bloom. Maybe if I group them better it will look more like I have a real garden, but it might just be that for this brief window in spring, my garden will never look as flowery as the rest of the world. Oh well, in a few days their azaleas will be gone and I'll still have ... what? Well, a little of this and that, anyway. I'm looking forward to the swath of larkspur that is just about to explode. I have chamomile that charms me every spring around the same time, too, and the first stem is already blooming (along with cilantro).
The only problem with the Dutch iris is that, unlike most (or all?) other iris varieties, the foliage is nothing to write home about. It doesn't even necessarily wait until the flowers are done blooming before it starts looking hideous. I need to come up with something to plant with it that will be green and full at this time, leaving just enough head room for the iris to stick out the top. The larkspur actually is about the right height in some spots, but is a bit too short near the iris. I have marjoram that might be tall enough right now to hide some unsightly foliage... something to think about. Any other ideas?