This is a tribute to the unexpected colors and finds in the garden. From the single bloom spike on the Lemon Coral sedum, to the Magic Carpet spirea that I thought destroyed due sprinkler repair; the unnamed iris (purchased in October 2012?) that found itself among Mariposa Skies, Immortality and various Dutch irises, and the lone Valentine dianthus specimen that survived.
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.
Yikes, gone a week without posting but not without gardening. A brief summary of what transpired in the garden in the past several days:
- Various succulents cuttings including the Lemon Coral sedum planted in the rosemary bed
- Added dahlberg daisies to the petunia planter
- Cuban Gold duranta planted in front yard shade bed
- Transplanted Victoria Blue salvias to the ends of the front yard flower bed
- Hard pruned the Hot Lips Salvias in the front yard bed down to 1/3 height
- Installed Magic Carpet spirea in front yard bed
- Removed catmint from herb bed, replanted in 3″ pots
- Transplanted golden sage, tricolor sage and dwarf mini curry plant into the herb bed
- Removed yarrow from lily bed, installed red lantana in its place
- Installed Tasmanian Tiger euphorbia and Nuevo Leon salvia in blue bed
- Sowed Summer Jewel Red salvia and Cosmic Red cosmos in the tree ring
- Transplanted rooted cuttings of variegated lemon thyme in the tree ring
- Returned coleus and snapdragon seedlings to the greenhouse
- Moved some seedlings and cuttings outdoors, including the zinnia starts (which aren’t doing very well)
- Purchased another Magic Carpet spirea from Grow It nursery
Did I mention something ate my onion chives and decapitated my Genovese basil? Pictures forthcoming!
No joke, I bought 4 more plants at Grow It yesterday (Saturday). I actually was looking for lobelias to add to my petunia planter bowl, but didn’t find any at the nursery. Instead I got: Magic Carpet spirea, white verbena, dahlberg daisies, and a Tasmanian Tiger euphorbia (spurge). The euphorbia is especially striking with its blue-green and creamy-white variegation.
The azaleas in the front yard bed are busting out in blooms. I’ve noticed that the Tulip clusianas are also in bloom. Checkout some of the weird color variations in verbena and Hot Lips salvia. Meanwhile, Midnight Blue is bud- and bloom-crazy.