Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
The pictures with the rock in it were taken about three weeks ago.
The picture below of the corner trellis is newly planted 'Abraham Darby'. Picture on the right is another view from the deck, oops the brick is a bit crooked.
Below the picture on the left is Altissimo in front of the trellis. I'm not sure about the shrub rose beside it, when in bloom it has tiny white flowers. Also planted by Altissimo is newly planted Aster 'Woods Blue' (another impulse buy). To the far left of Altissimo is 'Rose of Sharon' with pink blooms. The picture below that shows some more roses, I'm not sure what species the rose on the left side of the picture is, but when in bloom it looks like 'Rise-n-Shine' . The little guy next to it is newly planted 'Pat Austin'.
Another view of 'Abraham Darby' with lavender and a white blooming hydrangea in the corner , oops I see another out of place brick.
I can't wait to post pictures when all is in bloom!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The not very good picture to the left (I desperately need a new camera, trust me it's not just me) is one of my roses from 2007.
The following roses to be planted here are:
As you may have noticed all of these are David Austin roses, they are my favorite . I will probably add more roses at a later date. I want to add some unique roses sometime in the future. I'm still working on this bed and will be adding some perennials. Yesterday I sowed some cosmos seed in between two of the rose's. I received the seed from a gardening magazine, so we will see if they take.
I can't wait to see them bloom! Don't you just love it!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
A picture of one of the many daffodils I planted last fall.
I planted some violas that I purchased from a local nursery Cox's Plant Farm . They advertise as being the largest nursery in Indiana! I don't live far from it so it's hard not to go broke when you drive by it every day wanting to stop in to see what's new. (sigh)
I finally finished one of my major projects! Preparing "The Rose Bed". I plan on adding more roses and perennials with roses being the main focal point. But first I had to move the rock out of the bed. But where to put the rock? I finally decided to put it behind the mini barn in front of the compost bins. Now we won't have to mow that narrow strip.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I occasionally like to order plants and gardening supplies online. It's convenient, a time saver and you can find rare items.
Most of my garden projects are planned to be done over the weekend. With my full time job and my daughter's spring soccer starting up, I have limited time. I do have a timeline planned out for projects and I base it on when items ship or when my seeds I started.
Unfortunately it doesn't always work the way you want it to.
I received my order yesterday from DirectGardening.com. I was a bit annoyed that the order came without receiving notification of when it would ship and that the plants came packaged loose in a plastic bag. I found out (after the fact, of course) that this company has had negative reviews on The Garden Watchdog on Daves Garden website. Now, I'm not totally naive and knew ordering from this site might have been questionable (based on the low, low prices), but I went ahead, with the thought that I wouldn't be out much money if I had any problems.
Here's the list:
- Alaska Shasta Daisy
- Butterfly bush .....(one of which is dead!)ARGHHH!
- Grecian Windflower
- Pink Weigela
- Dwarf gaillardia
- Torch Lily
- **I received some free bulbs as well but they aren't marked as to what they are** uh duh!
My plan is to plant these along my fence line facing south just east of our mini barn. I have some butterfly bushes that I planted last year and I just love them. As I mentioned, the ground isn't ready yet (still grass) but I did manage to plant the shrubs. I dug the holes and surrounded the shrubs with newspapers and mulch in hopes that the newspaper will kill the grass. The rest of the bed I need to dig and till before planting.
Ok, I'm done ranting....I hope for sunshine this weekend and not rain.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
I did manage to get some work done in between rainy days. I finished the flower bed on the south side of the house. It was a little messy, over the winter the brick edging fell over in some spots.
The main reason I started this blog was to create a journal of how my garden is doing each season. So... the plants on the south side of my house are as follows:
Tiger Lily or orange lily - lillium ancifolium (here when I moved in)
Hollyhock - alcea rosea (here when I moved in)
In the fall of 2007 I planted:
astillbe red fanal
I hope to start the rose bed this weekend. The weather outlook is supposed to be sunny and warm. Let's hope! Rain, rain go away!