Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spurge and Glory of the Snow

Chionodoxas (Glory-of-the-snow)are sitting pretty in the same bed
where the Crocuses are just finishing for the year.

This bed is supposed to be all Deadnettle-Lamium maculatum "white nancy".
Yews in the back along with some spring bulbs... but this Pachysandra/Japanese Spurge wants to take over !!!
(Been pulling it out every summer but it just wants to LIVE).
Does look pretty right now, maybe I should just let it go wild.
Two good things, it's green and does hide the spent spring flowers nicely.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dappled Japanese Willow

Dappled Willow 'Salix Hakuro Nishiki'
Graceful branches move with the slightest breeze.
Love the bright yellow early in the morning this time of year.

Hakuro-nishiki’ is also commonly named ‘Dappled Japanese Willow’ or ‘Variegated Willow.

Best foliage color is in the summer, zone 7 and further north.
Pruning does encourage more colorful foliage, any advice on this is welcomed.
So far, it's been a beauty in the summer !

One year old...summer 2010

Monday, March 21, 2011


Well they're HERE !!
My babies just popped-up.

Yarrow Colorado
Recommended planting is indoors, surface sow and needs light.
Hoping these are perennial for my zone...seems iffy.

There are 3 different kinds of Basil that I'm growing.
Thai Magic,Queenette and Sweet Thai.
Recommended direct sow when day temps are 60-70F/18-21C
Of course I want a head start. We won't have those temps till May.

Scarlet Runner Beans
Only started half indoors. Could have waited another month.
Of course won't be able to direct sow outdoors till May.
Hope the Hummers like them.

Forget-Me-Nots 'bobo blue'...just had to get more seeds.
No need to start indoors.
Some are popping up from last year...pretty good for annuals!
Can be sown 8-9 weeks before last frost.
Picture from last year.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Starting Up !

So it's time to start the seeds under lights.
Seem to be starting less and less each year.
Funny, always wanted more area to garden in, but now feel I have more than enough !

Am growing Thai Sage for a friend, and can't wait to try it myself.

I'm hoping the Runner beans will attract Hummingbirds, as someone suggested.
Always grew Cardinal climbers for the Hummers but they didn't bloom till September for the last two years...too late. So they're off the list.

The Colorado Yarrow is new to us.... for the butterflies !

Forget Me Nots are " blue" blue, they get direct sown and they reseed...that's good.

Old plants are starting to pop up every week.




Crocuses are always my first bloomers.
Just have them scattered here and there.

Ogon Sweet Flag Dwarf

Another bed re-do...well it's getting there.
Those pots and things are there temporarily.

Some Shrubs just looked BAD so it was time to take them out !
Not sure what to put in this semi-shade area but I have 4 to 6 weeks to decide.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Is it spring YET ?

Was hoping I could do some cleaning outside but with temps around 45 F or 7 C and windy
...well, some pruning was all I could do.
Also wanted to get a head start starting my seeds under lights
but it was just too cold outside to fill my trays with potting soil...maybe next week.

These are looking happy.

Well sorta happy...

Just pruned all my rose bushes...think they're short enough

Then there's the annual/perennial bed.
This drove me crazy cleaning it out because I didn't label everything.
This year it will be ALL perennial.
Got to make life easier.