Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Honeysuckle and Memorial Day

Well this is definitely the best year for the Honeysuckle bush.

Some of you that read my post about the big ash tree being cut down recently know that I had begged the tree cutters to not drop the wood on my honeysuckle and they were kind enough to oblige me. You can see how close it is to the stump.  

I should have waited until later to take pictures since the sun was so bright but I'm certainly not complaining about the sun!    

I think I've lost this weeping cherry tree.

It had a handful of flowers and isn't leafing out well at all.  Dan thinks it was just too darn cold for it this winter.  I'm also concerned that when the snow plow goes by in the winter that some salt may be landing on the area making it sick.  Really not sure.   The big blue spruce has gotten so much larger that we're thinking we won't replace this.  I also have a small Japanese maple that looks very bad this year.  Darn weather!

The peonies are on their way up.  Poor things are being shadowed by the big blue spruce.  Perhaps I'll move two of them to the other side where that cherry tree is.  They say that peonies prefer not to be moved but I think they will benefit greatly if I do.

The last of my tulips are blooming.  
We've been hit twice this week with a hard frost and have another one coming.  The timing is really bad for the flowering plants and trees.  The local farmers are already predicting a 50% loss in production from the cherry trees because of this.   The apples will be affected to. 

Daughter gave me this cute little garden ornament for Mother's Day.  It has a Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote- The Earth Laughs in Flowers.  It has a hole in the bottom so I think it's going to get a little flower planted in it!

Hubby bought this big planter for me for Mother's Day.  It's made by the same company that made the water fountain.  I had the big metal sphere from last year and I'm think of planting impatiens plants in there.  I wish my growing season was longer because ivy would be really nice to have growing on it.  I have some sweet potato vine that might work.  We'll see!    Things look shaggy around here.

I took my chances and dug one hosta and moved it to the right (seen in the shade).  It's my Captain Kirk  hosta and it was between the two larger ones in the forefront and the one behind the armillary.  Last year everything got so big you couldn't tell them apart.  It doesn't seem to mind the move so that's a good thing.  The Jack Frost Brunnera has been blooming on the right. We haven't had much rain so I'm going to have to do more watering.   My annuals are tucked in the garage until this frost business passes.  I hope to plant everything this weekend.

For those of us in the U.S. I wish you a very nice Memorial Day
and to everyone have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I Want To Play Outdoors!

I feel like a bored kid with his nose smashed against the window wanting to go outside to play!
Last week we warmed up to 87 degrees and even the evenings were warm.  I knew it wasn't going to last so I resisted temptation to plant any of my annuals but not it's only 47 and rainy today and I would like to get out there and do something!

The extra warmth really gave a push to the garden though and I can hardly believe how much progress everything has made.  We added hardwood mulch to the beds which dressed them out nicely.  

I see lots of little flowers coming to life.  This Dwarf Nikko Deutzia has been slow to get going and look good.  I'm happy with it now and try make sure it gets watered well.

This Autumn Joy Sedum is coming up fast and looks great. 

Somehow some of my daffodils ended up over here!  

The iris are growing quickly too!

 I piled a bunch of stones around this bird bath because when we rinse it out the splashing water washes away the dirt around the base.  

My Annabelle Hydrangeas are making quick progress too.  

My little Primrose is blooming like crazy now- what a joyful little plant!  I need more!

The daffodils are blooming and what's left of my tulips are coming along too.  The other sedum by the rocks are growing nicely.

These daffodils have a very pale apricot center.  A couple of years ago the voles were eating things in this garden bed and then either a rabbit or a deer ate my tulips last year!

The Jack Frost Brunnera have double in size in a week!  I love them because they bloom a long time and their pretty periwinkle blue flowers are a favorite color!

The hostas are on the march too!

I whacked off one of my coral bells when I was cleaning the bed a couple of weeks ago…still hoping it will come alive yet!

 My first fairy garden is waking up.  Looks pretty scattered right now…needs some TLC!

 This Japanese Spurge (pachysandra) always does well and amazes me how green it is when the snow melts.  It was putting on a good show last week.

Sweet Woodruff mingles in here and there.  I believe this is the "Remember Me" hosta.  It has never gotten very big.  I moved it to a new location 2 years ago hoping it would respond better to the location.  

 I had a lot more tulips before- something has definitely thinned them out!

Pretty narcissus/daffodils.  Soft white with yellow ruffled centers edged in white.  I did not keep record of the bulbs I planted so I don't know their name.  These might be called Ice Follies.

The new birch tree we planted last year is awake and looks healthy.

The island has come alive.  Just a week ago there was barely any green out here!

The peonies are really coming up fast!

Zagreb Coreopsis- very reliable!

 Delphinium with Black Eyed Susan's mingling. 


 This is the giant blue delphinium that has been coming back now for several years (yay)!

The Stella de Oro Daylily are really coming along nicely and of course the hosts.  The blue oat grass has been thinned but it needs some more coaxing to release the brown grass.  I just comb it with my fingers and pull and it comes out nicely.  I've already done it twice this spring but it needs another going over.

I bought this new coral bell which has been in full bloom for two weeks.  They told me to wait at the garden center since it's way ahead of the ones growing in our area so I will plunk it in the ground real soon.  I like the variegated leaf and hot pink flowers it offered.

I bought this pre-made arrangement at a small garden center that I need to remember to go to more often.  Their prices are very fair and I will have a nice re-usable basket for next year!

Orange will be in my color scheme this year!  I have new urns by the garage this year.  My other ones were literally coming apart.

I can't believe how green it's getting!  We spent a few days in southern Michigan this past weekend and their trees are leafed out more than us but we aren't far behind.  My lilac topiary tree is loaded with blooms- can't wait to smell it!  Last year I didn't trim it like I usually do because I was barely getting any blooms.  I gave it a trim right after the lilacs were done blooming and that was it.  This year it looks much better so no more shaving it into a shape!

I really don't want to rush through spring but I am anxious to get outside more and enjoy each step of the way through the blooming season!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

And Down She Came

Two years ago we were notified that some trees were going to cut down because of concerns with the power lines. 

 The crew arrived Thursday morning (yes we got a touch of snow the night before) mother nature pranking us once again!  They trimmed up the smaller branches.

For some reason they pulled off the job, tidied up the yard and left early that afternoon.

They came back this morning and got back to business. I took pictures of the workers like the paparazzi  
from a distance. 

The day before I let them know I had a little honeysuckle bush right next to it and I'd appreciate it if they didn't demolish it.  He accommodated me by making sure the wood fell to the opposite site.

 Trimming off lower branches before he parked the bucket and came down.  

Starting to make the final cuts

 There she goes!

 I clicked away and caught it mid-air.
When it dropped the earth shook!  It's exciting to witness and feel the impact and it makes you realize just how much weight there is in a tree.  I'm sure glad they know what they are doing because that fell in line with to the corner of the living room!

We did note last year that it barely had leaves on it so it was on it's way out but it's very sad to see such a big tree have to be taken down (just glad I didn't have to pay for it).

You can just barely make out the honeysuckle next to the stump.  Doesn't look like much now but once things green up it will be pretty again!  

This is the honeysuckle bush I asked them to be careful of.  I'm grateful I was here to be able to ask them because I'm sure with it's close proximity it would have been a goner.   
I darn near killed this honeysuckle once before by transplanting it at the wrong time.  It took two years for it to start making a comeback but now it's recovered nicely and I hated to think I'd loose it. 

 They rolled the pieces over by the woods.  A friend of ours will be coming by to take the wood away since he uses it to heat his home.
Quietly at peace-  only the sawdust of it's shadow remains….

Wishing you all a great weekend.
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