Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Reminders of last night's beautiful rainstorm left on my Daylilies:
Still feeling quite undecided as to what to make of the front yard, I've decided to leave it to develop itself. It will, over the years - I'm sure - find a way to tell me what to plant. In the meantime, I amended the soil on the east side corner near the front steps and transplanted seven of my surviving Daylilies. I don't have a clue as to who is who anymore, so we'll just have to wait for some blooms. ;)
I've also amended the soil surrounding our poor boulevard tree (an Ash), adding plenty of cattle manure, along with some fertilizer spikes. The rain yesterday couldn't have come at a better time - that tree needs water. I hope that with a little TLC I can bring it back.
Monday, May 21, 2007
front garden, may 21st:
The rose bed on the west side of the house has had its soil replenished. I blended peat moss with triple mix and sheep manure, added potting mix, bone meal and some time-releasing rose food. Topped with a thick layer of black cedar mulch, I think the roses will be pleased. John Davis, George Vancouver, and a new addition, Morden Sunrise live on that side. Winchester Cathedral will join them as soon as I find him. ;)
A Munstead English Lavender is there between Morden Sunrise and John Davis.
The other side, on the east, will be home to Winnipeg Parks, J.P. Connell, Morden Fireglow, and Morden Blush. I'll work on that bed starting tomorrow.
I also amended the soil along the east side of the porch, adding a lot of peat and manure to add nutrient to the dry, sandy existing soil. It feels great now.
Planted in the awkward triangular space between the sidewalk and the stones of the rose beds is a small phlox, creeping emerald blue. I added two flowering kale to fill the corner this year, and into the autumn. just beyond, where the stones of the rose beds meet the porch I planted a spiderwort, moving two returning hostas down further along the wall.
I was so happy to see two of them return - especially after the harsh winter spent in that sand! Added to crawl are purple Labrador violets and nutmeg Thyme.
Scenes from our front porch, May 21st:
I planted two containers (pots), a large one for the back yard in the shade with millet and purple fountain grass, along with some sweet potato vines; and another for sun with my favorite argyranthemum - Butterfly, with some pink nemesia and wee gypsophila.
I have a large Lophospermum for my large hanging basket - I just need a new liner before I can replant it.
I planted the window boxes for either side of the front porch and am very pleased with how they turned out. They're my same two window boxes from previous years. I'm going to try the Lophospermum in the centre o the box, but watch it closely - I have a feeling that the front receives too much sun for that tender plant. well see. I hope it works because the boxes look beautiful. On either side are some crested pink argyranthemums, with yellow snapdragons and petunias, blue pansies and lobelia, and a touch of white nemesia. They're full, upright and trailing - and I think the colors will stand out nicely from the house.
A list of newly acquired plants:
two new roses:
Parkland Rose 'Morden Sunrise'
Rose 'J.P. Connell'
English Lavender 'Munstead' (planted between roses)
two matching window boxes (for front porch):
Lophospsermum in the centre
Argyranthemum frutescens 'Crested Pink' on either side of the Lophpospermum
Snapdragon 'Snapshot Yellow' next to Argyrathemum
tucked in and around:
Nemesia 'Poetry White'
Pansy 'Blue Sky'
Lobelia 'Trailing Blue'
Petunia 'Yellow Madness' trailing over the edges
in large planter pot for the shady back:
Penisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass) 'Rubrum'
Millet 'Purple Majesty'
Ipomea Batatus (Sweet Potato Vine) 'Marguarita'
Ipomea Batatus (Sweet Potato Vine) 'Black Heart'
for another shady pot:
Oxalis vulcanicola 'Zinfandel'
Upright Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'
Helichrysum Petiolare 'Lemon Licorice'
along the east side of the front porch:
Tradescantia 'Caerulea Plena' (Spiderwort)
Thymus praecox 'Nutmeg Thyme'
Viola labradorica 'Purple Labrador Violet'
planted in a pot for the sun:
Argyranthemum frutescens 'Butterfly'
Gypsophila 'Garden Bride' (Baby's Breath)
Nemesia 'Poetry Lavender pink'
east corner, space between sidewalk and lockstoned rose beds:
Phlox subulata 'creeping phlox' (Emerald Blue)
Flowering Kale 'Chidori Red'
various perennials collected so far (not planted yet):
Stachys byzantina 'Lamb's Ears'
Heuchera micrantha (Coral Bells) 'Purple Palace'
Echinacea ' Big Sky Sunrise'
Hosta 'Tokudama Flavocircinalis'
and one shrub:
Elder Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
For my birthday, Judith gave me a bizarre looking Jade plant to add to the bizarre Office Garden. I want to get some of those Little Thinkers™ finger puppets modelled after authors to hide among the trunks. I love crazy looking plants. :)
Professor Melon bloomed double this morning. He's in a "windy" place, on a vent - and I've gently touched each stamen with a cotton swab. Ada joked today that perhaps I should bring in some bees. Again we're back to that familiar dilemma: is this an office or a greenhouse? No bees. darn.
I once planted a yellow Thunbergia on a cone shaped trellis near my apple tree. By the end of the season the plant had grown far beyond that trellis, reaching into the tree and twining along the branches. Passerbys (astonished) stopped to ask what kind of tree that was, blooming yellow stars in September. heehee