Rosemary Blue and Multicolor Flat

Finally, a single blue bloom on our rosemary shrub!

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In contrast, a flat of multicolor verbena and variegated oregano waiting in its shadow, waiting to be planted.

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Veggie Garden Seedlings and Sneak Peeks

Today’s camera focuses on the new raised garden bed and the veggie seedlings making their appearance.

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We also catch a glimpse of the first daffodils of the season and a hint of azalea bloom madness.

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Waltons Pickups

Of course, what was a trip to the Arboretum without stopping in at Waltons Garden Center across the street for a spell? I really was intent on picking up some Dixie Chip ajuga but unfortunately they weren’t available. However, a couple of variegated plants caught my eye which I HAD to have: Wilhelm Langguth geranium and more variegated oregano!

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After getting home, more tidying and planting occurred, including getting the new columbines in-ground, re-potting and adding new soil to calla lily and hosta pots, trimming back the herb bed wall since the mint and oregano got a bit crazy this spring. I removed some of the invasive aster trying to compete with the groundcover salvia in the blue bed. We also hard-pruned all of the salvias along the neighboring wall to prep the bed for a redo. We hope to get it looking nicer this year.

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Wishlist plants: Ashley Marie Azalea and Choisya ternata Sundance.

Wagon o’ Plants!

Temperatures peaked in the low 80s on Saturday, prompting a flurry of gardening excitement and run to the nearby nurseries. Strong’s and Home Depot are represented in this wagonload of plants. (By the way, this is a great idea to showcase small, planter-sized plants–I may have to shop around for a metal wagon to add to the garden decor!)

On the wagon name list: zonal geranium American White Splash, hybrid verbena (multi-color), verbena “Superbena Royale” Peachy Keen. Homestead Purple verbena, Limemound Spirea, Lemon Chiffon Coral Bells, multi-colored thrift, licorice plants, and boxwood basil.

Another impulse buy at Strong’s which I hope I won’t regret are these beautiful Songbird Bluebird columbines which I will plant in the blue bed and heavily mulch.

We accomplished plenty this Saturday. Weeds were pulled, much of last year’s debris cleared. Our compost bin got a good turning. Lawn got a good low cutting, and we plan on getting some weedkiller down this week. Many of the plants we bought previously finally got planted in their respective spaces and we even discovered some oldies making a comeback. More on this subject later.

Limemound spirea, thrift (armeria unidentified cultivar), licorice plants went into the front azalea bed. Lemon Chiffon Coral Bells and Curcuma roots went into the front shade bed. Asparagus and boxwood basil into the veggie garden bed (I had emptied spinach, cilantro, arugula and gai lan packets into this bed earlier in the week). Various thyme plants made it into the cinderblock wall; however, I failed to care for the Pesto Perpetuo basil plants which perished when I put them into the leek row. Hot and spicy oregano cuttings also made it into the cinderblock wall.