Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Bring out your dead" - the gone but not forgotten list of dead plants

 It is with sad sorrow that I dedicate this post to all those plants I have loved and who, for some reason -- wind, rain, freeze, squirrel, rabbit, or neglect on my part -- have not come back this spring, but have gone to a better place (although I can hardly believe that, what's better than my yard?).

In any case, these are my dearly departed plants for 2011.

2 golden heucheras from this massing 2009-2011
Jack Frost Brunnera 2008-2011 (sadly missed)
Oakleaf hydrangrea 2010-2011 (eaten by rabbits) (and the brunnera was in this garden too)
Albert Heijn tulips 2008-2011

Red irises in 2 garden beds - 2005-2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: May 2011

Happy Bloom Day!

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This month I'm posting 2 blooms that are brand new to my garden and of which I am very excited to have.

I found this white bleeding heart at the big box store last year (June?) where it stood all alone among your typical big box store plants. With the arrival of the baby, I was in love with everything white and fresh and new so I promptly scooped this plant up, happily planting it in my backyard.

Wish there were more at the bottom but it became food for the rabbits every year.

This is my variegated pagoda dogwood - Golden Shadows® Cornus alternifolia 'W. Stackman' - planted as a baby in 2008 (and seen in 2009 here). It's turned into a lovely 'tree' but this year for the first time, it is going to flower. Or at least it has the semblance of something "flowery."  

And this guy is new too ... I thought it was a chipmunk scurrying into the lily of the valley, but nope, a toad.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My favorite time of year...

... is when the crab apple tree & Korean Spice Viburnums are both in bloom creating a white, pink, fragrant archway out my front door.

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I probably post this photo every year, but that's because every year I am amazed by it's beauty. The first year we lived in this house and springtime came, I walked out the front door and halted in my tracks, hand to heart;  I had never seen anything so lovely. And it was all mine. Never mind that I didn't plant any of this (I did add the bench at the end of the walk, however), it was still mine and standing under that crabapple all in bloom makes me feel like Alice in Wonderland, waiting for a little white rabbit to come peeking out from beneath it's trunk (no photo I've taken under can do justice). It's my little outdoor oasis.