Friday, March 25, 2011
Spring Progress - March 24, 2011
Lilium 'Black Beauty'
Well, it's been about a week, so it's time for another update on what's popping up in the garden, as well as a few progress shots. Above is Lilium 'Black Beauty', which just emerged this past week...much to my relief, as I was walking around in the area last week and was afraid I might have stepped on them just as they were about to emerge...eek!
I'm sure i had this is the last report...these are so slow to get going in the spring...it seems like they've been at this stage for at least a month!
Success! I bought this plant at the PDX Yard Garden & Patio show last month, and it's finally broken through...can't wait to see how this one performs!
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
While I actually prefer to randomly plant the smaller "Drumstick" allium around for burst of spontaneous color, I did plant some of the larger "Purple Sensation" last fall...sadly, only 2 or the 6 seem to have made it through...unless the others are just sleepheads...let's hope!
While I noticed them a few weeks ago, these are just now big enough to get a decent photo...not that they don't just look like blades of grass! I can't wait to see how big they get during this, their 2nd full season in the garden.
Sanguisorbia 'Pink Elephant'
The Sanguisorbia continue to unfurl and lengthen...love their odd, crimped foliage.
Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eye Sumac'
While some people have trouble with their sumac being a bit too aggressive, this one has struggled in my garden for the past year...I'm thinking it may really not like my heavy, HEAVY, HEAVY clay soil (did you know my soil is really heavy?) Nevertheless, it looks like the little buds are fattening up, so hopefully this is the year it settles in and really takes off.
Anemone 'Honorie Jobert'
This little thing has been up and growing for quite a while...it seems to be happy in its location.
The Astrantias continue to grow, albeit slowly, although none of the 'Abbey Road' has really popped up yet, I could swear I saw a spot of green the other day...I'm not giving up on them yet!
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
Love these, they grow faster than anything else in my garden...they are already starting to turn yellow...with the newest growth still stained purple.
Agastache 'Desert Sunrise'
Agastache as such variable creatures...these "Southwestern" types typically keep a small amount of basal foliage during the winter (and if they don't, they don't seem to do as well the following season). The eastern types (Like Honey Bee Blue, Blue Fortune, and Black Adder) die back completely and don't usually emerge until quite a bit later in the spring. As such, I'm still waiting for any of the eastern types (except for the previously-mentioned 'Golden Jubilee', which is an exception to the rule) to emerge.
Geranium 'Blogold', aka 'Blue Sunrise'
Last, but certainly not least, is Geranium 'Blogold', another plant I bought at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show this spring. I was a little worried that no growth had yet emerged, but alas, yesterday after work I finally spotted the first few sprigs of growth! Ah, gardening, each little sprout is a victory of sorts!
Oh wait...one more thing!!! I have a bunch of these mystery seedlings all around a section of the garden...I'm still waiting on the first set of true leaves to ID it accurately, but an thinking it may be a nearby Echinops bannaticus...I hope that's the case, as I'd love more to spread around the garden.
How about the rest of you...what's up and growing in your garden...have you had a chance to take stock of any losses over the winter? I'm pretty sure at this point that my Ornamental Rhubarb has passed on to a better place...as it really should have shown up by now...then again, you never know...it might just surprise me yet!