Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The slope is dry shade from black walnuts. If that is not enough the deer always visit there and chop away on the hostas. I have been slowly adding plants to help prevent erosion. I also added several dead nettle plants, buggleweed, and periwinkle.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
|Sunday, we planted the eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers. I had way too many tomatoes and had to make some hard choices of which ones to plant. Thorny Guy did not leave me enough space.|
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
|This is the only type of Hyacinth to survive the winter. We had a lot better luck in hyacinths in Maryland. This one is called 'Gipsy Queen' and smells divine.|
A long popular variety beloved for its elegant apricot pink flowers and rich fragrance. A strong growing bulb, Gypsy Queen will pop up reliably year after year for a distinctive spring display.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This one appeared to me to be white with orange frills? I was stumped, until I found a website that said the 'Replete' are peach-pink. So 'Replete' it is. I am not a fan of the double daffodils although Thorny Guy likes them.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This is a new addition in bulbs in the garden. Looks like I got one purple checkered one and several white from the mix. These are all in the woodland garden, where not a lot will grow so I hope these spread.
This unique mixture contains a blend of various dwarf fritillaria in shades of purple, cream and olive green. The 1 to 11/2" bell-shaped flowers hang downward from the stem and gracefully nod in the spring breeze. All of the dwarf fritillaria varieties in this mixture are extremely good naturalizers that will increase your enjoyment year after year.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Narcissus 'Thalia', sometimes referred to as orchid narcissus, is a wonderfully fragrant, pure white daffodil with multiple, pendulous flowers on each stem. This is the oldest known hybrid (1610) derived from Narcissus triandrus, a species originating from southwestern Europe.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
|We hit more plant sales on Saturday (list of plants to follow). Needless to say, I could not plant them all in the ground over the weekend. On the way back from the sale we hit a garage sale which had this huge strawberry pot.|
Thorny Guy then rototilled half of the strawberry bed, and planted onions there. They should be quite happy as last year a trailer full of manure was added to the strawberry bed and mulched with hay.
We spent Mothers day at my mom's swapping plants, cutting back her bushes, and planting her latest plant sale finds. I brought the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers that were started from seed for their garden.
My mom's rhubarb is huge and doing much better than ours which we transplanted in the fall. She let me grab four cups! Let there be rhubarb crisp. Too bad there are no strawberries to go with it yet.
Friday, May 08, 2009
We hit our first plant sale today sponsored by South St. Paul Garden Club. Lots of hostas and daylilies without names or color which I did not want to take a chance on. But I did find the following all for ten bucks.
- Tall Phlox unknown variety and color
- Two Lamium, Spotted Dead Nettle plants
- Hardy Geranium
- Two more bleeding hearts
- Chinese Wild Ginger
- A couple of bell flowers
This rare Chinese species forms a clump of glossy, arrowhead-shaped green leaves. Flowers are the largest in the genus, a strange combination of creamy-yellow with brownish purple spots. Plants must have a humus-rich soil and regular moisture through the summer months. Size: 6" high by 12" wide.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
This garden was started from scratch when we moved in Fall of 2007. It contains all the Maryland perennials, we carted half way across country. It still is in its growing state and has a lot of growing design issues, but I am quite happy with it this spring. All the tulips and daffodils came back and are making quite the statement.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
|The tulips under the river birch either are disappearing or divided and not producing flowers. Here is a shot from this year. There are only two small white tulips here.|
Monday, May 04, 2009
The Daffodil 'Salome' has ivory-white petals that form a flat circle - that's the perfect backdrop for the trumpet-shaped cup, which changes from lovely yellow-apricot to salmon as the flower matures. The very edge of the cup is bordered in gold. The blossoms last up to 4 weeks and appear in mid spring. They are great for mass plantings, containers, and borders.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Tulip greigii Calypso is a very pretty dwarf tulip for borders or planters, it blooms with large orange red flowers tinged with apricot edges and the foliage is very decorative with a pattern of purple stripes. Greigii Tulips are ideal for rock gardens and containers because of their short size, and as an added attraction the have highly decorative green foliage with maroon colored stripes or spots. Their flowers open wide in full sun. They are perfect for naturalizing if you leave them alone, they will multiply and come back year after year. Most varieties flowers from April to May.