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!
Goodies in the mail! May 10, 2010 | 4:38 PM PST
, white hosta
, butterfly bush
, may apple
, chardonnay pearls
Well, I just hit the plant lottery over the weekend! My
order from the dutch bulb company came in ( They were running a special for $25
off a $50 order, plus I had a $25 credit – so I only had to pay for shipping!),
Garden98011 sent me the most AMAZING shipment of divisions from her garden in
the Pacific NW!!!! – and a plant I ordered from Ebay arrived – AND – my in-laws
came to visit this weekend and brought plants too! Needless to say, I was busy
in the garden getting everything planted. What a great way to spend Mother’s
Day! Here is a list of what I got and where I put it:
Buddleia “Butterfly Bush” Bi-Color – supposed to
only get 2-3 feet tall, so it went in the sun bed, in front of some sedums in
the back yard.
Hosta “White Feather” – Went in the hosta bed in
front of the azaleas. Supposed to look like this one day:
Hardy Geranium “Johnson’s Blue” – went to the
left of the irises in the same bed as the sedums
Wild Columbine Mix – Went in the shade bed nook
with the ostrich fern and Japanese forest grass.
I also ordered a Poppy, “patty’s plum” – it will
ship in the fall.
Crambe Cordifolia “Giant Seakale” – went in the
back by the arbor
Podophyllum Peltatum “May Apple” – went along
the bottle path in a shady area
Acorus – put under a crepe myrtle where we have
a bit of a drainage problem and can’t get anything else to grow.
Impatien Someiana “Hardy Impatien” – went in the
Hydrangea shade bed.
Persecaria – this always does well in my garden
and I set these under another crepe myrtle in a bare spot.
Arum – a couple feet to the left of the new may
Tetrapanex Papyrifera “Rice Paper Plant” – set
out by the creek.
Euphorbia - went on the other side of crepe myrtle next to miscanthus.
Stone Crop Sedum - by the lambs ears in corner of sun bed.
Now, she is in the pacific NW, which is the DREAM gardening climate. We are zoned the same as them, but I have learned that things that thrive there, don't always thrive here. It will be interesting to see how they do. They are off to a great start as she packaged them beautifully and they were in the most wonderfully rich soil!
From my In-laws:
Kalimeris “blue star” false aster – set out on
the other side of arbor as you enter the veggie garden
Deutzia “chardonnay pearls” – went in sunny spot
next to purple cone flower
Petasites japonicus giganteus “sweet coltsfoot” –
a piddly little thing that cost me just a few bucks and came in an envelope, so
I set it with the hydrangeas where I can really baby it. Then, I hope to set it
out by the creek if it starts to do its thing. The research I did on this said
it is a great alternative for those who are in too much humidity for the great
gunnera. It is supposed to be “invasive,” when it is happy – so I will plant it
on the opposite creek bank and see what happens. This is what it is said to
look like when happy:
I can’t tell you how much fun I had opening all my packages
and googling the names to look up pictures and growing requirements. It just
made my weekend!
Its been an exciting week in the garden! It began with some
freebies from my mother’s garden. I brought home a clump of Hakonechola “Japanese
forest grass.” I have always wanted some of this, but cost has prevented it.
Mom had 3 clumps that she was transplanting and was generous enough to share
one with me!
I also came away with a couple of small pieces of salojonil
(sp?). This is a beautiful ferny moss that has a bluish tint to it.
And, last – but not least is a nice hunk of hellebore!
All of the above were nestled in a woodland nook of my shade
garden. I will baby them this year in hopes to give them a good start for many
years to come.
I stayed busy in the garden each day doing bits of weeding, mowing,
trimming and strolling – then the spring fever got the better of me and I
headed to the nursery. I wanted one of everything, but managed to settle on a
small “Red Dragon” Japanese maple. Hubby and I had talked about putting one of
these on the high creek bank to weep over the edge. I know its tiny now – but we
are young and plan to stay in this house forever. So, I am hopeful that we will
see it in all its glory one day!
The green giant arborvitaes are filling in and have loads of
new growth on them. The should provide a nice screen one day on this side of
Further to the left of this on the same bank of the creek,
but in the shade – some wonderful native ferns are sprouting up all over. I got
back there, after this picture was taken to remove some of the weeds around
these ferns. I hope to encourage their growth and spread.
On the opposite bank, the mahonias that I discovered during the creek clean-out 2 years ago and transplanted, look very happy!
The following day, mom and I headed to a native plant sale
and I brought home two plants that have been on my list for some time now. First,
a trillium (“sweet betsy”):
Second, a may apple:
These also went in the woodland portion of the shade garden,
along side the path headed to the arbor.
We had a wonderful rain the day that I planted the above. I was able to get them in the ground between showers. As you can see from this pict, all of the beds got a nice drink:
Of course, one plant stop was not enough for us, so we headed
to the nursery, where I bought a VARIEGATED ANGELS TRUMPET, “Snowbank,”
Brugmansia x cubensis. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw it! Tag says
that the blooms will be peach. This found a home in the nook between the stairs
on the deck.
I also grabbed 3 “blackie” sweet potato vines to stick
around the back of this sun bed to hopefully spread and act as a living mulch.
Another cool thing that happened this week involves my much
anticipated tree peonie. Its bloom finally opened up and as I suspected – it is
So, since I ordered purple, paid a small fortune and waited 2 years to
see a bloom – I called the company that I ordered it from. They were wonderful!
– said they must have sent the wrong one 2 years ago and that they would gladly
send me the correct one, free of charge! Two for the price of one….gotta love
it! In 2 more years, perhaps I will see a purple bloom :)
Today, I took a few clumps of some of my favorite "steppables" that I have in the front porch bed and moved them to the other side of the walk. These should fill in nicely and provide a feeling that the path is "cutting through" a garden bed.
See that patch of "grass" above - my grass guy promises me that it will fill in over the season with bermuda....heres hoping!
The alliums are in all their glory:
I see peaches in my future - or the bird's!
My sweet girl had fun taking pictures with mommy:
Sorry about the long picture post - but, I had a lot to report!