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Monday, May 31, 2010

Just Some Shade



Need to move some plants....too crowded !
















New Addition....if you can see it. Gotta pull out all that vinca !
Aucuba japonica or Japanese laurel





Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Not So Nice



So nice to know I'm not alone with the "no-shows" in my garden.
Thanks everyone.

THIS BELOW IS NOT SO NICE TO SEE !

Had to get the binoculars to see what kind of bird was at the Carolina Wrens nest.
Never witnessed this before.
The House Sparrow won't let the Wrens get to their eggs.






Sunday, May 23, 2010

Reluctant



Am a little reluctant to add any new Annuals or Perennials since so far there is a no-show of some perennials...Homestead Purple Verbena, Gaura lindheimeri 'Karalee Petite Pink', Dianthus hybrid 'Rosish One'(never had these come back), Agastache 'Purple Pygmy'(from seed) and Agastache 'Rupestris'or Sunset Hyssop (from seed).
The Agastache may be my own fault since I didn't let them harden off long enough last year)plus these plants didn't get enough sun.


Think I've given everything enough time to pop up ?


Anyway been busy this week pruning all the floppy overgrowth of Yews, Hollies and Wax Privets. Also redoing our front bed due to storm damage.
There are a few new additions to the back garden like Honeysuckle and Coral Bells below. Also got one flat of Waxed Begonias.
Think it's time to rest !!!


Pink Lemonade Honeysuckle-Lonicera heckrotti 'Gold Flame'




Beauty of Color Coral Bells


Some current blooms.
Rhododendron-Chionoides White




Double Knock Out Rose'Rosa Radtko'




Rainbow Knock Out Rose 'Pink Radcor'




Siberian Irises




Geranium x 'Rozanne'




Winky Blue and White Columbine




Knock Out Rose Rosa 'Radrazz'

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Feeder and Stand



While trying to be creative last year I came up with an idea of a stand that would support more than one bird feeder.
The base had to be bottom heavy (didn't want it to fall over)and take some plants in the top half to make it more attractive.
So I had an old Pot(Urn) that served the purpose for the base. Metal pipes,plastic drainage pipes and shepherds hooks completed this creation. Plus this can be moved anywhere in the yard.
Nothing will tip this stand over !





The stand I built works great...a little heavy though.
But there's one problem with our new $49.00 Duncraft Squirrel Proof Feeder...
It's NOT Squirrel Proof !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The center of the bottom just below the seeds is all plastic and our friendly Squirrels chewed half way through it in 2 days to get at the seeds ASAP.
We figured in about 2 more days the bottom would be gone, and they'd get their reward !
So I found a small round piece of metal to cover it, to keep those dastardly squirrels from destroying this new feeder.
Maybe I should contact DUNCRAFT !!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Almost ready to plant



Why do I start so many plants with no clue as to where they're going ?
Organization is not my strong point.
Oh well...I've got plants to give away !


Cardinal Climbers
Firebrand Sweet Pea
Canna Pixie and unknown Cannas
Black-eyed Susan Vine Tiger Eyes vine
Poppies Red Mellon(gift)
Foxgloves(gift)
Ladybird Dwarf Red Cosmos
Tall Orange Cosmos
Dahlberg Yellow Daisies
Black-eyed Susan Vine

















Great gloves for some of those messy jobs...like transferring plants.





When will these pods and all the other mess stop dropping ? !!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Aah... May...sweet !



Even though Verizon has been down for a week (no computer)and we still have damaged shrubs to remove not to mention the high pollen count which is slowing everyone down. ...everything is moving forward and bringing this gardener that "Happy Garden Feeling".
We have birds making nests in the trees and bird houses plus perky perennials showing off and some touches of color that catch the eye.
Here's a little taste of the yard at it's prettiest currently. Sorry some pics are 10 days old.

Double Knock Out Rose 'Pink Radtko'




Chives




Weigela variegated




Coral bells Heuchera Dolce"Peach Melba"




Unknown Azalea




Forget Me Nots




Columbine or Aquilegia 'Swan Red and White'




Redbud




Princess/little beauty tulips




Fern


This I didn't know !

"Native plants existed on American soil (commonly known back then as the
New World) before the arrival of Christopher Columbus--about 517 years ago! Since
then, new plants brought into the New World after Columbus's arrival are referred to as "non-native."
So much to learn...