Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beautiful Ground Covers Instead of Mulch

I love ground covers and love even more the ground covers that hug the ground and bloom. Some ground covers can be invasive.  I define an invasive plant as a plant that easily travels with underground roots and needs a shovel for removal.  Think apple mint! ugh! (the sound you make as you repeatedly remove the plant)  But these ground covers are well behaved and beautiful.
Bressingham thyme is one of the first ground cover to bloom.
The yellow ground cover is Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort).  The white is Cerastium tomentosum (snow in the summer)
Wooly thyme hugs the ground. It is a pretty gray green.
White flowered Galium odoratum (sweet woodruff) with varigated iris.  The sweet woodruff can weave through this part of the garden protecting the soil from weeds.
Today I used the telephoto lens to catch this bit of gold.  Yes there are gold fish, but look carefully.
A warbler (I think – let me know if you know) stopped by for a bath.  I think the goldfish head to where the fish bathe because of insects that wash off the bird. They are smart fish.