You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Last Day of April

More weeding today. I almost have fairy garden all cleaned up. Then I have a zillion new things to plant there.

Today's lovelies:

Mutabilis I love this China so much that I'm ordering another one. It blooms forever and just cheers me up to see.

I love how these limbs of this redbud are growing.

Mons. Tillier

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ordering Crazy

I did no gardening yesterday or today. Yesterday I had an excuse: It was raining. Today was just pure-t laziness.

Here is photo I took today of the China rose Mme. Laurette Messimy.
This rose has grown so much in two years. This will really be first year to see it big and full of blooms. I think this one is beautiful, but the photos I've seen of it online aren't that attractive. Looks like it fades fast. We'll see.

All my roses are just full of buds, waiting to explode. I can't wait.

I did do lots of plant ordering/buying the past two days.
Daylilies from ebay (ebay photos):
Edge of Darkness
Mildred Mitchell (which I've wanted for several years)

I also bought from ebay peony Gay Paree and echinacea Twilight. I'm bidding on another peony Bowl of Beauty, which I love love love. I'm going to plant one of the peonies in front of the roses in my Front Porch Garden (gotta come up with better name!). The other I'll maybe put in Fairy Garden, which is also in front yard. I have a white peony there that I'd rather have in the back, but it's so big and established now that I don't dare move it.

I ordered three tea roses (!) from Vintage Gardens:
Mmme. Charles (My second. Such a great tea.)
Marie d'Orleans
McClinton Tea

My Wayside Gardens order (I know a lot of people don't like Wayside, but I've never really had any problems):
Qty 4 Mazus reptans
Qty 3 Malva sylvestris Blue
Qty 3 Geranium 'Rozanne'
Qty 1 Epimedium pubigerum
Qty 3 Geranium hybrid 'Orion'

Stay tuned for actual gardening tomorrow!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Back Again

I'm really going to make an effort to keep this journal updated again. I neglected my gardens all last year after my mother's death, but my gardening obsession is back full force. Yesterday I planted coneflowers (echinacea), After Midnight and Summer Sky, in my front (fairy) garden. I've been working hard to get all the weeds pulled there. It's in not great shape after a whole year of neglect. All the lamb's ear there from my mother's house died. It had thrived for years. So strange. Anyway, I'm going to add lots more perrenials. I even bought some seeds to try. I've never had much luck with direct sowing but maybe this time.

I have roses blooming!
Iris It's Magic
Rose Leonie Lamesch, Irises Good and True and Grapesicle

Leonie Lamesch
Marie Pavie

Clematis MultiBlue
Handmedown Iris