clearance season 2007

I acquired a vast amount of plants this fall as garden centers closed out. I had previously been limiting myself to heraceous perennials, but I have now entered into shrubs and trees.

This is of course, totally backward. You’re supposed to plant the trees and shrubs first to serve as the bones of your garden, and […]

Rudbeckia fulgida “Goldsturm”

Another perennial of the year selection, this one won for 1999. I saw a massive (even by my standards) drift of these at the etrance to the county park. It knocked me out and I knew I had to have these. This plant is really well suited to the local conditions–it’s a native. That makes […]

Daffodils “Yellow trumpet”

Another end-of-the-season bargain. If you’ve read much of this blog, you know I like big multiples. One Wal-mart sold me a bag of 50 bulbs for 4 bucks. I decided at that point I needed ten bags. I wasn’t thinking about the need to dig 500 six-inch-deep holes.

So it quickly developed into a serious project. […]

the triangle

This bed is directly beneath the picture windows in my living room. So in addition to the vantage point from the yard, I can see this from in the house. So I put a lot into it. It’s a right triangle roughly 14 feet on each leg, so about 100 sqare feet. I made the […]

Return of “Happy Returns”

I posted previously about these, but I have more current photos to share from end of summer 2006.

The same set of plants I pictured in the original post made a fine showing this summer. Here’s the pic from the first post, and then an updated recent shot:

“happy returns” daylilies in April 2005

“happy returns” daylilies in […]

Hemerocallis “Frankly Scarlet”

This is an award winner: the All-American Daylily Selection Council named this cultivar the 2003 winner. I tend to think they know their stuff. These are quite nice. I grew up with the “old-fashioned” orange daylilies that were so terribly invasive. These are quite well-behaved as are most hybrids. But like the old fashioned kind […]

patio retaining wall project

In late March we got a new concrete patio poured. We already have a covered back porch, but this is just another sort of “outdoor room” where we can do things. We weren’t getting good use out of the yard space, so this seemed like a good upgrade.

The grade was such that I wound up […]

Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)

These plants belong to my daughter. She appreciates the soft texture of them, and she’s quite posessive of “her” lamb’s ears. These are an easy-to-grow perennial that had always done well for us at previous houses, so I picked some up when I ran into them at a garden center.

Lamb’s ears put up flower stalks, […]

Sage: (Salvia officinalis)

I planted some sage in the kitchen garden last year and was a little surprised to see it winter over succesfully. But it did, and so it started off the 2006 year big and strong. I decided it deserved a “promotion” to ornamental status since it was getting along so well. I moved it into […]

Giant puffballs (Calvatia gigantea)

These were a surprise. I noticed two in the yard first, and a mess of them in the pasture right afterwards. The damp weather brought these out–we had a rainy week and they popped out of nowhere. I’ve read that these are good eating, but I haven’t tried them. I took the inspection team out […]

mushrooms in the mulch

As a measure to conserve water, i use hardwood mulch around my beds. Lately we’ve had a prolonged stretch of damp weather accompanied by overcast, and the mushrooms are putting up their fruiting bodies thanks to the conditions. The mycelial threads are in the mulch, doing the work of decomposing the wood chips. The part […]

water feature: fairy fountain

I’m a closeout shopper. So on any mission to Home Depot or any similar store I have to buzz through the garden center and scope out deals. Last October when it was getting cold and they were shutting the garden center down, I saw a cart with a stack of fountains on it that were […]

Hosta fluctuans “sagae”

It’s not that I have to explain this to my fellow Hostaholics, but sometimes you see a batch that just needs you to take them home. They call out to you. So I was at Wal-Mart on a completely non-garden-related errand, and I innocently decided to browse the garden center, when they jumped at me. […]

lavender: English lavender (Lavandula angustifolias) “Munstead”

I visited another local garden center this weekend with the kids in tow. This place had easily 15,000 trees. It’s a wholesaler that deals with landscapers, but recently opened to the public. The kids had a great time exploring the “jungle” which let me browse, or at least start to browse the rows of trees.

I’ll […]

lavender: French lavender (Lavandula dentata)

I wasn’t really shopping for lavender today. But I was browsing at a local garden center taht had several types. This stuff really grabbed me with the showy “dentate” or tooty-looking leaves. Plus who can argue with a plant that the perfume industry is so fond of?

What else is nice about this plant? It’s perennial […]

Sunflowers: Russian mammoth

The name of our subdivision is “Sunflower Estates.” At the corners of the subdivision we have big metal sunflower sculptures, maybe 10 feet tall. Not to be outdone (I do live in the sunflower state after all), I found a variety Helianthus anuus “Russian mammoth” that will grow 12 to 15 feet tall. And I […]

daylilies: happy returns

Back at the end of last season, my local Home Depot was closing out lots of plants. One of the things that got too cheap for me to resist was Hemerocallis (daylilies). The cultivar is “happy returns,” which is supposed to bloom all summer long. Mine are still small, but making a strong showing this […]

hosta sum and substance

Toward the end of last year, I renovated the bed near our front porch. It’s on the north side of the house, but gets morning sun. But a mostly shaded location like that is fairly rare at my place (we have no shade trees) so I thought I’d take advantage of the shade to place […]

ornamental allium

I messed up and didn’t write down the name of the cultivar of these Alliums when I bought them (let this be a lesson to you all). they may be globemaster, but I kind of think they aren’t. The picture on the package was reminiscent of globemaster at least. I grabbed them from a closeout […]

flowers planted

Today we had excellent weather, so I moved about half a yard of dirt into my third raised bed, and tilled the flower bed outside the living room window. Then the kids and I planted that bed. There’ll be Helianthus annuus “kid stuff” (dwarf sunflowers) in the center, Tithonia rotundifolia “Fiesta Del Sol” (Mexican sunflowers) […]

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