Monday, March 29, 2010

Seeds for the summer

I've never bought seeds to plant -- 5 years in the garden and I've never sown my own seeds. Unless you count the freebie packets I get that I dump aimlessly in my garden?

But these weren't freebies, I actually went out and bought 2 packets of seeds. Go me!

-I liked the spiky aspect and that these were recommended as a good replacement for purple loosestrife. I plant on planting them in my perennial garden behind the overgrown daylillies (where I pulled out the loosestrife).
- My mom had this growing up a trellis when I was young and I loved the idea of plant that flowers when I get home from work. I plan on planting this against the outside of the screen porch, so we can enjoy it when we have a glass of wine in the evening.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Gardening in the winter

I needed some soil and I was too lazy to go to the store and buy a bag. So we checked the compost -- it was frozen. Where to turn to next? Our huge pots where I plant my tomatoes. Success!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Arboretum Plant Sale 2010

Arboretum Plant Sale ... la la la... plants plants plants ... la la la...

Sounds like I sung this tune before?

The colorful fold-out brochure arrives just in time, as the snow melts to reveal brown leaves and dying grass. How can a girl resist buying some plants as a much needed pick-me-up?

Wish List this year:

Pee Wee Oak Leaved Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee') -- I am in love with Oak-Leaved Hydrangeas. I have a large one at my doorstep, and a smaller one I just bought at last year's sale ('Little Honey'). This one will be the trifecta.

Chocoholic Bugbane (Cimicifuga 'chocoholic') -- I have nothing like this and am interested in darker foliage shade plants.

Alumroot Autumn bride (Heuchera villosa 'Autumn Bride') -- Heucheras do well in my yard, although I don't have the species villosa. Again, another great shade plant, this one with autumn interest.

Saturday, March 06, 2010