Little Faces, Green Hands

“Queer things happen in the garden in May.  Little faces forgotten appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a green hand to confound you.”

~ W.E. Johns


A little game of what it looks like now and what it will look like later, as shoots — faces and hands — rise above the earth once more:

Weeping ‘Jade’ crabapple corner, now and later (from different angles):

Vervain, now and later (foreground, with crabapple and maple behind):

Angelica (a biennial), now and later; the fence is 3-1/2′ tall:


Bee Balm, now and later:

Fall asters, now and later, reverse angle:

Persicaria ‘Painters Palette,’ now and later:


Some of the hostas, now and later:

June Fever (third photo with tricyrtis in foreground)

Patriot with lupine:


Gold Standard:

So Sweet:

Blue Cadet:


Two of the sedums, now and later:

Hab Grey

Autumn Joy


Rodgersia, now and later:

Veronicastrum (culver’s root), now and later — over 6 feet tall!:

Kirengeshoma (wax bells), now and later:

Crocosmia, now and later:

Comfrey, now and later (with salvia in background):

Porteranthus trifoliatus (Bowman’s Root) ‘Pink Profusion,’ now and later:

Lychnis (Silene) x haageana ‘Lumina’ (catchfly), now and later:

Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ and Phlox paniculata ‘Jade,’ now and later, reverse angle:

Yarrow ‘Summer Pastels,’ now and later, reverse angle:

Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight,’ now and later, reverse angle:


It’s fun to remember and imagine the plants, and the garden in its fullness, as we ease into spring once again. And beyond the fun, it’s actually important to recall how large perennials become if you’re planning to add more plants to the mix. As I am. Tomorrow.





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