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The Bluest Spring

Having a garden full of blue flowers makes me feel like I'm living out some little girl's dream. The color scheme happened by accident, though I wish I could take credit for being a garden planning genius.

As the tulips hit their peak and start to wane, the woodland phlox, blue columbine, violets, epimedium, ajuga and clematis are going strong. The forget-me-nots are still hanging on, too - I let them liberally self-sow last year and now they're just everywhere. I didn't appreciate forget-me-nots until this year.

None of these photos are color-corrected. Enjoy!

Phlox divaricata "Clouds of Perfume"

20130428-182024.jpg Woodland phlox spreads very easily. This plant is only a year old and I've already been able to take a division from it. I'm planning on rooting one or two more by the summer so that next spring we'll be overflowing with blue phlox.

20130428-180626.jpg Ajuga "Burgundy Glow" looks really striking in front of the green Corsican hellebores.

20130428-181113.jpg All of the perennials underneath the Norway Maple are really thriving this year. I think this is because I pruned the tree a bit last summer and cleaned up the fall litter earlier in the spring, allowing them to soak up the sun for a full month before the tree leafed out again.

20130428-181229.jpg It's hard to dislike violets in the spring, no matter how quickly they take over your flower beds. Violets are a host plant for some species of butterflies, though I've never seen any caterpillars munching on them.

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20130428-181339.jpg Clematis "Stolwijk Gold" is every bit as awesome as I hoped it would be. And such an early bloomer.

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20130428-181857.jpg A few forget-me-nots with some dark-leaved heuchera.

20130428-181936.jpg And my favorite, Epimedium "Lilafee". It's unassamuning, till you get close and catch it in the early morning light, which is the best time to enjoy your spring garden anyway.