I have had a wonderful week in the garden. I am so
completely addicted – of course, I already knew that! I can’t stop going to
nurseries – most of the time I don’t even by anything – I just like to look and
see all the beautiful things. I did end up buying a few treats this week…
Eleagnus ("Glenn St. Mary") – 3 of them – for the back corners. I put one in
each corner and then the third made its way onto creek’s edge where I just need
something to fill the space. Then, not too long after I bought and planted
them, my wonderful Mother In Law called to tell me that she had 3 from her yard
potted up for me! But, no problemo – I will put the extra 3 at the creek. I
think they will provide great weed suppression with how large they can get.
I also purchased another small "Purple Diamond" loropetalum that found its
way to the mixed sun border. It will grow up nice and hide more of the chain
link fence, I hope.
Then – On a completely different trip, I was seduced by a
“southern comfort” heuchara. The nursery that I purchased it from had one
growing In a pot as a display that had leaves up to 5 inches across. Needless
to say, I have high hopes for mine!
That same trip also afforded me a little purple hyacinth
bean vine and a moonflower vine. I used to have these and they would reseed
freely, but over the years they have gotten fewer and fewer and after this
harsh winter – well, I didn’t see any come out this spring.
I stuck them by the front porch column and will collect
seeds this year to put out next spring.
I have had the luxury of the past couple of day to do
nothing but garden! My parents took the kids to the beach and hubby and I took
vacation time at work – we will join them at the beach mid-week, but until then
– we are enjoying having the house to ourselves to work on our projects.
I have made good use of the time and really enjoyed just
puttering in the garden. I have done a couple of “garden art” projects with
things I had laying around.
Hubby decided to move a bunch of wood he had by his wood shop
and I decided he should move it into my garden!
See it there - behind the hostas -
This one is my favorite:
I am loving the hydrangea bed right now:
I am so excited that one of my clearance caladium bulbs is peeking out:
I also did some weeding in the vegetable gardens – and
pulled some spent items. The brussel sprouts couldn’t take the heat and
humidity and got the yuck – so they had to come out.- too bad, their foliage was pretty with its slight blue tint.
Also pulled out the
parsley that was starting to go to seed. This swiss chard needs to come out,
but it is still just to pretty – so I am leaving it for now.
With the new
space, I put out the fennel seeds that I didn’t have room for before. I am
pleased to see that the “black prince” tomatoes are already fruiting. AND- the
basils have germinated! I decided that the nursery charges way too much for
basil plants – and I want a lot! SO, I decided to grow from seed this year,
which I have never done – and I am very happy that its working!
I decided that this strawberry pot full of volunteer daturas
would look better in a more visible place – so it is now in front of the knock
outs in the front yard. I like the spot of blue.- and once the daturas get big and do their things, it will be like they are floating above the mint.
In terms of progress and updates of my new plants from the
mail: all looks pretty good. However, the rice paper plant is showing no signs
of life, the may apple keeps sending up new shoots, then they die back and then
another one comes up – not sure what that means, the columbines are growing,
still no signs of life from my petasites – which makes me very sad But, some
good news – the Grecian pattern plant on the creek is coming back!!! I thought
it was dead.
I also spent some time moving clumps of things around –
dotting things here and there; creeping jenny, white false asters, lams ears, liriope, var. ivy, elija blue fescue....most notable is a clump of
elephants ear by the creek – we had such a harsh winter with lots of rain, that
only 1 out of the 3 that I put back there last spring made it.
Whew – perhaps I should blog more than once a week – didn’t
realize how much I had to say! Perhaps my weed eater is done charging now –
BACK TO IT!
I received the most wonderful belated Mother's Day present today - 5 Sweet Anise Shrubs to plant along side the fence area where our neighbor has been clearing his land. He tells me that he plans to clear this area next - so I am proactive and getting a head start on a nice hedge screen. I have delayed planting things here for some time, b/c this is the area that hubby hopes to one day build a wood shop. However, that could be a ways off and with the cost and growth rate of the anise, I figure I can't go wrong. Here is a nice before shot:
I also plan to put some eleagnus in the back corner there for a fast growing "anchor" to that area.
The oakleaf hydrangea in the left of those pictures is looking really nice right now:
I am also happy to report that most of my newly planted goodies from the mail are doing great! Of most note is the white feather hosta that has already produced a few leaves:
>The one that I am a bit concerned about is the petacites that was purchased from Ebay - no signs of life yet!
Some great germination has taken place in the veggie beds with our nice rain and hot weather combo of this past week:
I have even harvested a couple of batches of strawberries! This is the first year that I have been able to pick more than a couple at a time (3rd year in the garden for the plants.)
I noticed a very interesting seed pod on my decidious tree peony:
My container by the front steps is really filling in nicely. I have noticed that the variegation on the coral bells has decreased a bit - I think due to the amount of sun. However, the lime green color is great with the purple petunias.
A rose that I have in the front is starting to bud out. I have 2 of these, given to me a while ago by a friend who did not know what they are called. They really are great and have gotten quite large. If anyone knows the variety - do tell!
A nice close up shot of the sweet blooms:
>And of course, who doesn't love the double knock outs! I can't wait to get one of the new white varieties.
This sweet veronica is looking great this year. It hasn't done much in the past:
The daturas in the front side bed are starting to burst with buds:
I am truly amazed at the size of the harry lauder's in this same bed! We purchased it 6 years ago and it was only about 1-2' tall (still paid a small fortune) - well, I would say it is happy here:
That house in the background is my neighbor's house - the one who is doing all the clearing out. He said he may join up with my side bed there and create his own plantings :)
And last, but not least - The ice plant is covered in blooms, just in time as the phlox just finished:
After our visit to the nursery today to get the anise, I keep dreaming of all the wonderful things I saw, but did not buy - so, I may have to go back tomorrow!