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Friday, April 17, 2009

A Little More Color




This PJM Rhododendron is in mostly shade and is far more prolific than the regular rhododendrons which are in an identical shade situation. I wonder if they come in different colors ? Would like more!



Closer View







Just about everything likes sun but it doesn't stop me from trying to use the shade beds we have. Hyacinths would do better in full sun but they're surviving in the shade.







Moving into the sun (6 hours full)...my Red Tip is happy.
Think I'll get another one for the side of house.







What to do under a funny shade tree. Idealy the tree should be taken out and a proper bed should be cut out.. but I can't part with this very tall Douglas-fir yet.







This is how I hide spent daffodils.







The Chionodoxas aren't so bad after all.




21 comments:

  1. Patsi, You are about 2 weeks ahead of me, it seems. I thoroughly enjoyed your shady spots! :-) I have a PMJ, too. But it's still a little guy.

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  2. Looking great! I love the rhododendron -- perfect blooms!

    Cameron

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  3. You have some great blooms, Patsi. When I saw that PMJ, I thought, "Now, that's a dressy looking flower!" It's so dainty and pretty!

    I thought my new bed in the front yard had more sun than it does, but most plants grew fine. The sunflowers that I moved to the veggie garden had more sun, and had thicker stems and did better than the ones I didn't move, though.

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  4. I love your shady garden. Very pretty. Your Rhododendron is gorgeous.

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  5. Boy, that blue sure is bright! I love your spring garden- so lively. Great idea hiding the daffs :)

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  6. Great looking stuff. That's a cool trick to hide the daffodils, I'll have to try that one. Beautiful rhody also, ours hasn't bloomed yet, but it is close.

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  7. Patsi
    Your garden is beautiful. Like the way you hide spent daffs.Red tip and PJM gorgeous.. love the yet on the fir...........

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  8. Oh, I love Rhododendrons! Your blue hyacinths are so pretty.That is a great way to hide the daffodil leaves after blooming.

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  9. Shady,
    Shade sure is a challenge !
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    Cameron,
    Not fond of the other rhododendrons anymore.
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    Sue,
    You're lucky moving the sunflowers worked out.
    Some plants just don't like moving.
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    Kim and Victoria,
    I agree...very pretty.
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    Tessa,
    Hiding spent flowers is a pet peeve of mine.
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    Chad,
    I'm sure there are other tricks...don't know what they are yet!
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    Rosemary,
    I think I'll keep them!
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    Lona,
    Gardening....never stop learning.:)

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  10. I like the garden under your fir. I would not take it out either. Just work with it as you have done. Your rhodies are way ahead of ours which are only now beginning to enlarge and get ready to bloom. Love the rhodies! PJM sounds like a good one.

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  11. Patsi girl ! you have so much in bloom I am jealous ; )
    I love that Rhodo ! .. I would really like to know the full name so I can keep an eye out for one myself .. I think azaleas are not quite liking me .. my original one has darn right refused to flower for me the last few years and I am fed up on that .. I'm moving Quickfire hydrangea in that spot and moving the azalea to another spot .. some where ... good heavens ! WHERE ??????

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  12. That Rhododendron is so beautiful. Another wonderful plant we can't grow up here. Clever way to disguise the daffodil foliage.
    Marnie

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  13. Hi Patsy, thanks for visiting my blog. It was only recently that I saw your comments on my older posts and thank God I did that b'coz that made me discover your blog which I may say has added a lot more colour to my bloglist.
    Best Wishes

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  14. So many pretty blooms! I love the rhododendron.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  15. Tina,
    The garden bed under the tree contains all perennials and are getting bigger. Yay !
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    Shady,
    Pjm is the only name I have. Gardening by the yard had a segment on azaleas...someone who grows them said to replace every 5 years. I'm just repeating what they said...I have no clue.

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  16. Marnie,
    I have to check your zone. These can be grown in zone 4.
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    Greenthumb,
    Funny thing with blogger...you have to look at your mail to know if someone posted a comment on past post. Maybe there's an easier way ?
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    Donna,
    Need more PJM's !

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  17. Patsi, Do you thing PJM comes in other colors? Mine are all the same as yours. After checking around, I have three of them!

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  18. Shady,
    I've been looking for others but all I've learned is that there are many PJM or "Mezitt" cultivars but they don't look nearly as dense as the original. I'll keep looking.

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  19. Hi Patsi, I just love all of your photos and blooms. I just wanted to say hi...I didn't participate in GBBD this month. Have a great day! Jan

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  20. Hi Patsi, what beauties. I think the hyacinths look fine too, the flowers last much longer in the shade anyway. I have seen PJMs with pinker flowers and have a couple. No whites though, that would be a nice addition to brighten a shady corner. I would enlarge the bed around the Douglas fir, alot! Just an idea. :-)
    Frances

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  21. Jan,
    Howdy. Glad you stopped by.
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    Frances,
    Ya know the bed has gotten bigger. I know what you mean...just not happy with the trunk of the tree. You've got me thinking now... Thanks

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