Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend- Planting so I can Relax!

Today, May 27th I planted my window boxes.
 I've been itching to plant my flowers but we keep
getting frost warnings.  Last night it dipped to 36
but I had covered everything up just in case. Today
it warmed up beautifully and the forecast looks
fine for the future.
Lobelia, Impatiens, Vinca Vine and Begonias
in the window box at my kitchen window.
These two are on the side of the garage. This picture 
got a little burned out from the bright sun, but
there is salvia lined up in the back, vinca vine 
and a plant called diamond frost that spreads out.
One of the tulips that are blooming.
Last year I played around with some perennials
and added some coral bells and more hostas.
On the right side is my Jack Frost, Brunnera
that has been blooming for 3 weeks...the purple
leaved coral bells are about to bloom.
Today was also about getting these impatiens
planted around the fountain area. 
144 plants to be exact...here I am staging
them.
About 2 hours later I had them all planted. This
picture isn't very flattering but soon the flowers
will fill in and make a good showing.
A quick shot of the backyard...we've come 
a long way since that last snow storm
in April!  Thank goodness!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend 
and a great
Memorial Day.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Planting, planting, planting

Well I finally got the boxwoods planted.
I put the alyssum along side them,
but they don't show up much just yet.
 I lost two shrubs from damage by voles this winter and
then I decided to try a new shrub rather than
repeating what I had.  So I went for these
Dwarf English Boxwoods.  They are supposed
to be very slow growing and easy to take
care of. 
The sundial my sister gave me seems to work rather
well set in this area.
My Coral Bells and hostas are rapidly growing!
You can see the Jack Frost, Brunnera in the background.
I do love that plant.  It's been blooming for two weeks and
still going strong.
Out back behind the water fountain area I have these large rocks
setting about.  I planted some Japanese Forest Grass (Hakone) next to 
a couple of rocks this year.  The Sweet Woodruff is blooming
right now..it has a nice smell.
Sunday morning was pretty and I enjoyed watching
the sun making it's way through the woods
to the back yard.

Mother nature has it together!  You can't 
compete with the beauty she provides! A
little heavenly sunshine and you've got a
perfect mix!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Getting in the groove again!

Well I found some Dwarf English Boxwoods to go in this area
that borders the sidewalk and the walkway by the garage.  
 I think these little boxwoods will be
easy enough to take care of...
 I've got to find one more, but so far I'm
not doing well. 
This will look better once I've got them planted.
 I almost forgot to take a picture of my magnolia...
it bloomed so beautifully this year...
The frangrance is great, even at a distance you
can smell it!
 I adore this Jack Frost, Brunnera...in part because
the color of the flower is sensational!
My little girl statue looks like she's checking them
out...I think she likes them too!
Today was about planting annuals. Every year I
get out my Gardenway cart and start loading
it with the annuals as I collect them.  We
have to be careful of frosts for so long here
it's always a gamble as to when to plant them.
So I stack them on the cart, move them in and
out of the garage until I feel it's safe!
I always think if Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the
flower carts they used when I load up my cart!
 I started with these flower pots that I potted
 white Apple Blossom begonias.
Our son is getting married in July and I
decided on all white this year because of it.
These will look gorgeous as they get larger.
I added some of these Etain Violas in a couple of spots.
They have a lovely soft fragrance!
I've planted Cordyline in these cement pots
with some lime colored Coleus.
 I went with these Royal Purple Salvia and more
Violas
This crackled pot caught my attention
at T.J. Maxx's....as these flowers
develop it will be cheery and colorful!
My daffodils have been blooming for a 
few days..the tulips are close
to blooming!  So much
is happening so quickly! 
I truly love
spring!
It's a little hard getting going every spring
but I'm getting in the groove again!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Sundialing?

A gift of a sundial has led me to try something new.  
Currently I have moved a pedestal to this area and
have set the sundial on it. I'm still dialing up my
ideas on it, but for now this is where it's located!
I was amazed that the color of them matched so 
well. 
 I played with the position a bit and set it here-
I am still undecided about it...I need to figure out
what shrubs or plants I'm going to put here.
I recently removed two shrubs on the left and it opened up 
this area to some new ideas.
 This Jack Frost, Brunnera is a favorite...it will
continue to grow for several weeks and bloom
nicely!
 The Pachysandra, Japanese Spurge is flowering..
This Sweet Woodruff is just about to flower...there
will be a fragrance of fresh cut
hay when they bloom!
The Trillium are in full bloom and the
Dutchman's Breeches (on the left) are too!
It shot up to 86 degrees on Thursday when I was
out gardening!  It was a pleasant day, not
too much humidity!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coming alive!

 I just love these Jack Frost- Brunneras...for me they are one of the first plants to flower and I love their little periwinkle color!
My Coral Bells in the picture there, newly planted last year...glad to see they are still around and coming back!
This is a group of late blooming daffodils and tulips on their way to blooming!
Today's job was removing these two shrubs..the mice ate at them so badly through the winter that they basically killed them.  I had these Lemon-Lime Euonymous for 10 years, and I had them groomed into square shapes... 
 The mice were eating all the bark and I think any greens they could ...they fed well!
So now I have to decide what I'm doing with this area.  I'm seeing boxwoods at this point...perhaps lined up along the red bricks...

Hope your spring is moving along nicely too!

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