Friday, April 30, 2010

Hilltop Garden 2010

This is a spring photo from last year. I have some more bulbs and more plants in front since then. The river of daffodil bulbs have also filled in nicely as you can see in the next two pictures from 2010.

For next year, I think I want to work in moving the white bulbs. They just seem to detract from all the color. I have another bed under the deck that is mostly an all white garden which they might find to be their new home. I also need to fill in a tulip circle with more bulbs. The deer ate the foliage in early 2009 and they did not recover in 2010. What other changes would you suggest?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

More Species Tulips

As April is about to end so are the tulips. I can believe how fast spring is flying by this year. Here are a couple of varieties on species tulips that I added last fall. They are suppose to be more deer resistant, but come to find out the bunnies love them.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Multipling Daffodils

These daffodils have been in the ground for three years. Every year there are more and more blooms. It is starting to feel like they should be dug up and spaced more. A task I fear doing as I always manage to slice them in half with the shovel. Perhaps it does not even need to be done. How often do you split your multiplying bulbs?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Trout Lily

The Trout Lilies came back in the woodland garden. I was a little worried, because the hill they are on can get pretty dry, but they seem to be doing well. I love how the yellow flowers float so high above the foliage.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Loving These!

These Greigii tulips are great! I am loving the color on these. It is such a striking combination. Need to go back into my records (box of garden stuff in the workshop) and find what they are called.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Winter Sown Update

Almost everything is up and about ready to be planted out. The Columbine was the last to germinate, but I got a good germination rate on them. These were the only ones that did not work for me.
11) Oriental Poppy Mix Papaver bracteatum only a few came up
15) Penstemon only 3 came up
16) Torenia Baillonii none, but the seed was three years old.

I need to find permanent homes for these as Thorny Guy wants to claim the mini greenhouse for the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Turkey Season

I have been seeing turkeys everywhere! Today there were about 8 girls and one big Tom in our backyard.

On another note, Thorny guy was busy digging holes this weekend for six new trees he is getting on Tuesday. You can see the tarps and the piles of dirt in the picture. Two each of pear, plum and peach.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Greigii Tulips

These are two year old Greigii Tulips. They are leggier the second year, which is very confusing since all other tulips are shorter since we did not have the rain. Also to add to confusion, the deer/rabbits ate these up this year and for the most part left the regular tulips alone. These are suppose to be deer resistance.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Two the deer missed!

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Lone primula

Two years ago I bought a whole bunch of these. All died except this one. After waiting two years for it to bloom, I can not say that I am a fan. Looks like a globe bellflower, which for me is easier to grow. I might just give up on primulas for now.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Tulips in Sneaky's Garden

These are the tulips I put in the garden in the fall. They are against the house and went unnoticed by the deer. So far I am liking the purple and yellowish white combo. Not so fond of the red. They might move in the fall.

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More Daffofil Blooms

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Let it Rain!

Thorny Guy has been busy at work creating these rain barrels. They work like a charm. The first rain storm filled them both up and I was able to water daffodils and some seeds I planted before it rained again. If there is a drought this year like last, we will be more prepared for it.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Lenten Rose

The Lenten Roses that we put in last fall are up and blooming. I am a little confused as to why there are no leaves, but perhaps those will come after the flowers. I really like the dark purple one. They came from a mix so we were not quite sure what we were getting.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


I have been less enthusiastic about seed starting this year. Perhaps because direct sowing and winter sowing just seem easier. Thorny Guy though has started his peppers, onions, eggplants, okra, and my tomatoes. They are down in the basement this year under lights to keep them away from Inch Worm's grasp.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Veggie Garden

The garlic is sprouting! Looks like all three varieties made it through the winter.

Onions which were stored in the workshop also made it through the winter. They were too small to eat and we forgot about them. Well now they are in the ground again, sure to get bigger.

Carrots and peas are planted also! Wow it feels like we are actually ahead of schedule in the garden. I am sure though that feeling will not last long.
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