Friday, May 29, 2015

Planters, Pots and Perennials!

I've been meaning to take pictures since last weekend when I finished planting my annuals.

We are about to get another downpour but I decided to get outside and see what I could get done before it starts again. 
The goal here is yellow blue and orange.  There are some yellow petunias that will be bursting out at the sides and fill in as the summer progresses.  We just had a downpour and everything is a bit floppy.

 These are an all white "SunPatiens" which is an impatiens plant that can take the sun planted with some multi-color sweet potato vine that should hang gracefully around the pot soon!

I'm flanking the steps to the deck with these pots this year.
The ferns are working their way out and spreading- I need to remove a few.

I planted one little Polka Dot plant with a piece of this Licorice Vine (Dichondra-Silver Falls) should be cute as it fills out.  

 I potted these up with only these deep purple "supertnnias" which will spread and hang over the sides. I may need to put them up higher if they get going as well as they have in my larger pots by the garage in the past.
They're going to stay positioned here by these steps.

 Almost nothing is flowering in this pot but it will be a soft pink lavender and white mix of colors when it gets going again.

I've barely put any time into the Fairy garden.  I moved the cottage over to this short wall so I can walk up to it and work on it more easily.  A few weeks ago I moved a few plants that were just starting to emerge over next to the cottage.  The dianthus is starting to bloom already!

 I randomly placed some violas around the stump for a woodland look and pop of color!

I stored the little stump in the garage for the winter.  I brought it out and was surprised to see this fungi that had grown at the base of the little chairs and table….pretty neat affect!  

This is where the Fairy garden cottage was last year.  I moved in a large stone, adjusted a few plants and it's already filling in.

 This is going to be a flush of red and I used some yellowish/orange violas mixed in with it too.  Do you see something in the center?

 I set a little swan in there for fun!

The iris have sent up their flower stems and should be open soon. There will be a yellow on the left and a mixed blue/white one just to the right with the orange ones closest to the steps.  I was hoping they'd all bloom at the same time…. please??

This woodland clematis jumped in my garden last year and happily came back!

A little garden whimsy!  I have a thing for flying pigs and we found this one through a catalog company and I couldn't resist.    He swings around in the wind like a weathervane!  This planter is loaded with some orange tulips, alyssum, fiber optic grass, sweet potato vine and a newer variety of lobelia called "superstar" that isn't supposed to mind the sun or stop flowering! YAY!  Give this a few weeks and it will be full of color!

My new planters with the blue/black Salvia (these in particular attract hummingbirds) orange geraniums and lime green sweet potato vines.  I pulled them away from the overhang so they'd get the rain.

My lilac topiary tree is loaded with blooms.  Last year I stopped sheering it into the shape I'd been keeping it in and only trimmed it right after if flowered.   That's what it needed and now it's ready to burst open with its' flowers!  This one is just heavily to smell- in fact it tends to linger in the air and you can smell it at a distance! Love!!

 Looking down the path to the patio (everything looks a bit messy right now) The Astilbe on the left of the hosts have filled in the most that I've seen them yet.  

 I still haven't planted these coral bells.  Tomorrow- tomorrow!  The Jack Frost Brunnera has continued to bloom and fill out.  What a great shade plant!

 The hosts are filling out daily.  The lime-light hydrangea shrubs were cut back severely last fall.  They were getting too large so they got shortened a lot!  Al the trees are dropping their "crud/seeds" and dirtying everything up.  The bird baths look dirty but the Robin's still love to bathe in them!  I'll get it cleaned up again this weekend.

 A new armillary piece Dan grabbed for me at a garden center.  I've been wanting one for a long time!

Just last week the green stone on the right stood there all by itself and now it's being hidden by the host already!  The hosta closest to the center is the one I moved and is doing fine.

 We bought the wire garden orb last year and hung it from a chain but this year I got the idea to put it in a pot.  I'm excited to see how this will look as it fills in!

I planted this with orange and white impatiens.  I debated on adding a vine and having it crawl on the wire but I really didn't want to enclose this so I decided against it.  I'm keeping my ideas more simple this year- going with what I know works well!

By the cement bench I added some violas to this "Foxtail Fern".  They ferns did real well here last year but got so large that when I pulled them out the whole thing came in one piece and there was barely any dirt left!  I bought smaller ones to start with this year.

Back by the fountain I potted these planters with more of the orange and white impatiens and the purple Cordyline spikes.  I've never tried them in shade so we'll see how those will do here.

 Nearby are these Japanese painted ferns that haven't amounted to much. This year they are showing up better (I was going to move them because last year they all but disappeared).  

They sit under this dwarf Japanese Maple tree.  I thought it looked pretty from the underside so I snapped this shot.

I added some orange wax begonias to the right side of the wall area.  Did you figure out that orange is my color this year?  Sorry these pictures aren't better…it's literally welling up and thundering out so I'm rushing through to take pictures.

 My little fairy has been standing guard now for about 4 years I believe!  
I wanted to paint her this year but she's so heavy I can't see lifting her out without destroying plants along the way.

This Sum and Substance Hosta really lives up to it's name!  It's better than 3 ft. across.

 This is my favorite planter this year!  I spotted this statue and twisted Dan's arm for yet another new item this year (it wasn't hard to do).  I  have more of the orange wax begonias, white alyssum and the fiber optic plant planted in it.  I think the fiber optic plant looks like water falling off the edge!

This little guy looks old but he's not.  It's a blend of fiberglass/resin and artfully painted to look old.

I think I will stop here- as it's starting to rain again!


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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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