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2019 Garden Expansion: May Update

8 May

 

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  1. Gourds (future crafty bird houses and dippers) started in egg cartons on the kitchen counter…they started sprouting I moved them to larger biodegradable containers.
  2. Hummingbird plant and zinnia seeds have been in an outdoor container for a couple of weeks
  3. Trial for fruit trees started with 1 persimmon, then 2 apples and 2 pears, 1 peach and 1 fig.
  4.  More Annual flowers:  Snapdragon, Bells of Ireland, Cockscomb to be planted

Expect future posts on my garden expansion project.

 

Joy=February Garden Planning

8 Feb

149th Year:  R. H. Shumway Seedsman

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What may be better than Valentines Day?  Receiving the BIG, beautiful RHShumway seed catalog in February when the outside temperature is 20 degrees F.

I normally buy local herb/tomato/vegetable nursery plants in May.  This year, as well as plants I am ordering seed.  Three categories of plants have my attention.

  1. Gourds and Luffa Sponge:  future crafty bird houses, dippers and sponges
  2. Persimmon root-stock:  Regional fruit
  3. Annual flowers:  Zinnias, Snapdragon, Bells of Ireland, Cockscomb

Expect future posts on my garden expansion project.

 

From Houzz, Evolving garden

15 Sep

 

My Evolving garden…

I observed this year the abundance of large, long blooming flowers which had above average rainfall.  Two dozen varieties of daylilies and hostas never looked so good!

It will be tempting to water more in dry spells.

Originally, (15 years ago) my garden was primarily full sun…then transitioned more to shade as the surrounding trees grew.  This year we are transitioning back to full sun due to the lost of ash trees infected by a boring insect.

Some plants will be moved.

My third observation on evolving garden is the nature of perennial plant root systems which over time choke themselves.  Division required!

More plants will be moved.

 

 

Glad tidings

5 Feb

The Breck’s sale catalog for bulbs direct from Holland and perennials has arrived!  It is well received after Polar Vortex Part 1 & 2.  Fun fact:  we have 23 days to receive 6.9 more inches of snow to tie the seasonal record set in the winter of 1981-2.  That is likely!

In the meantime, let’s order bulbs and plants.  The lower seasonal temperatures may have killed off plant material.

My shopping list:

Frosty Morn Sedum and Goatsbeard for the Moon Garden

Red border lilies and Crocosmia for the center island bed

Rainbow Yarrow for the southeast corner bed

Deluxe gladioli Mixture Super Sak

White Swan coneflower (note my signature icon)

It is deep

It is deep

It is deep. 2