Monday, March 14, 2011
Spring Garden Progress - March 14, 2011
Salix 'Hakuro Nishiki'
Well, it's time for a little update to what popping up in the garden right now. Sadly, a few of the plants got hit by or sudden freeze a few weeks ago, but now seem to be recovering.
The small Echinops starts I bought from the "nearly dead" section of a nursery last fall are really starting to take off. I doubt they'll do much this year, but I look forward to a nice-sized patch in coming years.
These little evergreen perennials were planted last fall (just before a hard freeze) but have bravely come through their first winter unscathed.
Aquilegia 'Tequila Sunrise'
These looked pretty sad after our sudden freeze, but now seem to be back in business.
Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
These got burned to a crisp earlier, but now are re-surging!
Nepeta 'Walkers Low'
The ever-dependable Catmint is growing quickly, I love these plants with wild abandon, I just wish the neighborhood cats didn't feel the same :-(
Every summer I hate these daffodils and their horrible, spent foliage. Every spring I fall in love with them :-) I swear, this is the year that I move them after they are flowering, somewhere further back in the border where larger plants will hide that declining foliage.
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
I was fretting a few weeks ago when I hadn't seen these emerging yet. I needn't have been worried, as they popped up soon thereafter and have been growing rapidly since then.
The second Astrantia has emerged! I just planted these last fall, so haven't been sure if they would over-winter in my extremely wet, heavy soil. So far, these two white ones have come up, but there is still no sign of the 'Abbey Road' I had planted...I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Geranium 'Katerine Adele'
Another victim of our freeze, this one is finally coming back with renewed vigor.
Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
The patches of Shasta Daisy are staring to put on some growth again.
While evergree, 'Angelina' sort of struggles though winters in my garden...and is pretty scraggly, not at all like the lush, thick mats I see elsewhere. I'm guessing it's a combination of heavy soil, not enough sun, and competition from neighboring plants.
Last spring, I let Norm pick some plants for the garden, he chose a six-pack of tiny hybrid Lupine seedlings. I scattered them around the garden and they have proven to be extremely hardy! I barely paid them any attention last year, but they all grew strongly, and a few flowered. This spring, they seem to be back with a vengeance...I can't wait to see how they do this year. I'm reminded how I initially fell in love with them solely for their interesting foliage...those lovely flowers are an added bonus!
Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'
All the Persicarias were reduced to brown, pulp during the aforementioned freeze, but all are now redoubling their efforts and growing by the day!
Sanguisorbia 'Pink Elephant'
This dear little Burnet that is planted between the lilies is up and spreading it's odd little pink heads. I love the new foliage, it's so bizarre looking. Still no sign of the lilies, though :-(
While it's by far the most vigorous of my Geraniums, 'Rozanne' is a slow starter, it seems. Of course, it could be that it is in the north border, and won't even see direct sun for another month.
A bit slower to get going than my other Persicaria (probably due to it being in the same north bed as Geranium 'Rozanne'), 'Taurus' is finally showing some new growth. I can't wait to see how it does during its first full year in the garden.
Oxalis 'Dark Dancer
'Dark Dancer' is growing with wild abandon, I love how it will soon form a thick matt of wonderful dark foliage along the walkway.
Euphorbia 'Faded Jeans'
Evergreen and ever-beautiful, this small, wonderfully-textured perennials has become one of my favorite foliage plants.
I planted a bunch of random tulips last fall...darned if I remember what they were!
The pink-flowered Oxalis is also ever-green. The neighboring Oxalis Oregana are starting to emerge as well...this year promises to deliver the lush, green foliar carpet I've been waiting for :-)
The first of the ornamental grasses to start growing, 'Malepartus' was recently sheared back to allow for it's new growth. It seems to grow slowly for the first month or so, then shoots up to 6', seemingly overnight!
Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
The tight, little buds that rest at soil level all winter are finally expanding. I love their fat, fleshly leaves...they are a wonderful contrast to neighboring, more finely-textured plants.
Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
'Raspberry Wine' has decided it doesn't want to be a single plant this year, and has expanded to form a smallish clump. This is one of the peripheral plants, coming up near Panicum 'Heavy Metal'(which I will be moving, if possible).
Helenium 'Mardi Gras'
Another perennial with basal foliage that remains all winter, it's slow to start growing, but once warmer weather arrives in the coming weeks, it'll also explode upward, at which point I'll have to either stake it or give it the "Chelsea Chop" as it becomes extremely top-heavy and is prone to flopping.
My most exciting moment this weekend came while I was rooting around in the back yard, looking for signs of growth at the base of this Clematis...and saw nothing. I glanced up, however, and there it was...new growth! I hadn't expected the spindly stems to remain alive through the winter...they were no thicker than a shaft of hay.