It's at this time of year that the upcoming perennial plant of the year is announced and for 2015 it is Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'.
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'Biokovo' is a dwarf cranesbill geranium hybrid that forms a low growing mat of green leaves with clusters of pink tinged white flowers. Once established, it will be fairly drought tolerant blooming from late spring to late summer. Expect a mature size of 6-8" by 12-18" wide.
source: Veseys on-line catalogue
Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses a hosta that has shown outstanding performance and the 2015 winner is 'Victory'. The huge green leaves have a creamy margin that grows well in part shade to full shade. A slug resistant variety, it grows about 30" high by 47-59" wide. White flowers appear mid summer.
While reading up on new plants to dream of over winter, I'm also having afternoon tea set up on a small counter in the kitchen.
Miniature snowflake sugar cookies and a touch of aqua that I find goes well with silver.
Of course I moved a few things off the counter to place my tea in front of the ceramic christmas tree I made. This is how it looks normally, the resident kitchen blue gecko sits on a lacy santa doily.
Thank you to the hosts of the weekly tea gatherings: