Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lilac Update

I just learned that a dwarf Korean lilac is also known as a Meyer's Lilac. That's a lot easier to type, and I still think dwarf is very misleading.

Anyway, they are in bloom and they are gorgeous. of course, the one I didn't prune is more gorgeous but the other one still has blooms. It just needs another year or two.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Reseeding Columbines

Okay, I'm loving this collage feature- can you tell?

I know that Columbines are short-lived perennials that re-seed. That said, I've only planted one columbine in my yard and that is the photo on the top right -- Aquilegia canadensis, native colmbine. I planted this in 2006 (I'm not even sure if this is the original plant or a seedling?). But all the other ... they've just reseeded in my yard from wherever.

The 2 on the bottom (the pink and magenta ones with the more elongated petals) are on the side of the house by the rain barrel. Last year they were just clumps of petals, this year they have sprouted and are gorgeous!

The other purple ones are in the backyard and have some from the other side of the fence where they've been re-seeding from god knows where.

Again -- let's here it for FREE PLANTS!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day: May 09

Who doesn't love May!? It's when the magic starts to happen. Thanks to Carol @ May Dreams Gardens, as always, for Blooms Day.

Some of these photos were taken before 5/15, but they bloomed between 4/15 & 5/15 so they deserve a tip of the hat.

Clockwise from top left:
  • Celandine Poppy (or wood poppy -- 4th year and re-seeding all over my native garden and beyond)
  • Virgina Bluebells -- in front yard garden
  • Jacob's Ladder -- 4th year and getting larger and full of blooms (they are starting to fade now)
  • Brunnera macrophylla "Looking glass" -- 2nd year and awesome looking.
  • Dicentra Luxeriant - the fringed bleeding heart. 4th year in front yard and still small, but still blooming
  • A robin taking a bath in the bird bath
  • A pink crabapple - technically not my tree but sits on my property line so I've adopted it.
  • White crabapple -- what I see when I look out the front door (see below)
  • Korean spice Viburnum
  • Dicentra formosa - the regular bleeding heart. The old owners left me 2 of them and they are enormous, flopping over from the weight of their hearts.

Not in photo:
  • tulips (see previous post), pulmonaria, hyacinths, jack-in-the-pulpit (I've got to get a photo posted of this, 1st year blooming and so cool!)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Backyard Gardens: May 8th

I've still been taking photos and I think this will really help as the season moves on, and to plan for next year. I can already see beds where spring interest is lacking.

Porch Garden:
-- Sedum, pulmonaria (both darker and lighter foliage). A fern and hosta. The impatiens I planted here last year were nice filler as the grass grew bigger (the main focal point).

Fence Garden:-- Slow to emerge ... Out are the astilbes, brunnera, & pulmonaria. The hosta here is a slower emerging one. One of the heuchera's died. In the back I added the dwarf oakleaf hydrgangea from the Arboretum.
Hydrangea Quercifolia ‘Little Honey

brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' (Year 2)

Southwest Garden:-- Groundcover of lamium, daylillies, pulmonaria, virginia bluebells, tulips, phlox. Astilbes and hostas in the back hang our with the baby Pagoda Dogwood.
Cornus alternifolia ‘WStackman' (Pagoda Dogwood - Year 2)

Triangle Garden:
-- The ajuga is in full bloom.

West Side:
-- The 1st half looks great -- pulmonaria, hostas, lilly of the valley battling with vinca, some daylillies, coral bells, irises, and tulips. Here I also planted my new double stuff echinicea.
--The 2nd half - by the newly planted korean lilac - has to get a makeover.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Tulips in my Yard

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The Shrub Shuffle

I had like 4 posts written and nothing got posted. Oh well. Life continues.

Last weekend, we took advantage of beautiful 60 degree spring days -- the kind where you can be outside all day long and not feel tired or hot or anything -- to move some shrubs around Or as I like to call it: The Shrub Shuffle.

1) We removed the viburnum from the West Side Garden. That took Matt over 3 hours (good thing it was cool out). It was to big for it's space. In it's place, we transplanted a small korean lilac that was in our backyard.

Before & After
(You can see that many lily of the valley were sacrificed for this!)

2) We removed the dwarf blue spruce we planted in the front last year (no one sees it here, and we wanted to remove it before it got to rooted). We put it in the southwest garden where that korean lilac had been. I'm definitely liking how this looks.

Before & After

Friday, May 01, 2009

Garden Blogger's Muse Day -- May 1

Sung to the melody of Matchmaker Matchmaker - made famous by Fiddler on the Roof.

Plant Sale, Plant Sale,
Find me a Tree,
Make it the best
Height 'bout Twenty,

Plant Sale, Plant Sale,
Find me a Tree,
And Make it a Spring Bloomer.

Plant Sale, Plant Sale,
No dropping seeds,
Nothing too short,
Very sturdy.

Plant sale, Plant Sale,
If you succeed,
I'll pay up to thirty bucks.

For me .... Make it lovely to look at,
For Matt ... don't drain the account,

For us... make it something we'll love for 15 plus years!

(start back at the beginning)

Alas, I didn't make it to the Native Plant Sale because I went a little crazy at the Arboretum Sale where I picked up this lovely tree to replace the Cherry/Plum with black-knot in the front.Not the actual tree - mine is about 1/4 of the size

Butterfly Magnolia (Magnolia x butterflies)
For Matt, because he's from the South