For this hosta, I dug out and replanted my entire bed of hostas.It doesn't look like much now, but when it grows up, it will be quite large. It's a passalong that I got from my sister last spring. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good place for it last summer after I moved it it to make way for some miniature hostas, so it's been in a container until today.Oh, and the reason it looks all mangled? It was in a big clay pot, and when I tried to slide it out of the pot, the whole thing ended up root … [Read more...] about Hosta Sunday
In the spring, there are slivers of time when the sun is shining and the ground is dry enough to work when you just have to make time to work in the garden. I took advantage of one of those slivers of time today to finish renovating my perennial flower bed. I had already widened it earlier this spring, and was just waiting for this kind of day to complete the renovation. Here is the bed at approximately at 10:30 this morning, right before I started to dig out the perennials.Two hours later, I … [Read more...] about Renovation of a Flower Bed – Completed
When I went out to get the newspaper very early this morning, I realized that it was quite cold and the violas and pansies got their first experience of below freezing temperatures. But by mid morning, with the sun shining on them, they were fine again. That's what I like about these flowers, their resiliency when it comes to below freezing temperatures. I don't know why we refer to weak, scared people as "pansies". Call me a pansy any day! They are tough flowers.Yesterday after I planted all … [Read more...] about Renovation of a Flower Bed… And Peas Sown!
After work, I started on the first steps to renovate this flower bed.This bed is on the north side of the house and wraps around the patio and continues across the back of the house. Way in the far corner is a variegated Kerria, and along the back of the house are primarily hostas, a few hellebores (which I recently trimmed way back), some lily of the valley and a few ferns that transition into some Japanese blood grass and maybe there are some violets in there someplace. Around the patio … [Read more...] about Renovation of a Flower Bed – Work Begins
Here are the Hyacinths after 5 weeks. I have no explanation for why there is such variation in growth. All the bulbs came out of the same bag and were kept in the back of my refrigerator for the same amount of time. If I was trying to grow these to sell, I'd be concerned, but since I am growing them for pure enjoyment and fragrance, I'll just be happy that it appears like I will be enjoying hyacinths for quite a while. And here is a close up of one that looks like it will be the first to … [Read more...] about Green Thumb Sunday: Hyacinth Week 5, plus Hellebores
Every gardener has them, or should I say, doesn’t have them any more. Those plants purchased with great excitement and eager anticipation, the “must have” plants that once enticed and entranced the gardener at the garden center, that now no longer grow in their garden.How does that happen? The gardener, seduced by some interesting variegated foliage or an intriguing bloom or a cleverly written description on the tag, loses all willpower, silences that little inner voice that tries to say, “I’m … [Read more...] about Disappearing Plants