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Thought these would never bloom!

May 2, 2010

Finally, blooms on my False Indigo! :)  I’ve had these for about 4 years with nary a hint of a bloom. Would never have guessed that it would take this long for them to get established. It was worth the wait—and to think I almost pulled them out.

Baptista, aka False Indigo 05-02-10

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Off to an early start…

April 27, 2010

This small Emerald Tiara hosta was leafing out before most of the others had hardly begun. I don’t recall that it grew so quickly in previous years. It was moved into the bowl last year because the vinca groundcover just about had it hidden.

04-11-10

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A Favorite Heuchera (Coral Bells)

June 4, 2009

Gardening seems to take precedence over blogging about my garden.  I have several of the Caramel heucheras.  They are both pretty and well behaved.

04-24-09 Caramel

04-24-09 Caramel

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1st Plant Purchase This Year

March 27, 2009

I don’t like to buy annuals this early, but I got a deal on this croton plant too good to pass up!  The plant can’t stay outdoors until the temperature at night stays at 60 degrees or above. This means I have to haul it in and out for a couple of months!  Ouch!

Croton Plant

Croton Plant

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Maybe More Hostas

March 12, 2009

In keeping with my thoughts of an easy care garden–maybe a couple of really BIG hostas that cover a lot of territory would help. Thus far, the only ones I’ve had are the medium and small varieties. I now have about 8 different hostas, several of a few kinds. I can remember when I thought “what would anyone want hostas for–they’re just a big clump of leaves!” But that’s been awhile. :)

Sun Power

Sun Power

Shade Fanfare

Shade Fanfare

Remember Me

Remember Me

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Daylilies

March 8, 2009

When I began gardening, I chose daylilies as my main focus. I envisioned them coming back virtually forever, thinking that in a few years I’d only have to buy a few annuals each year and thinking I wouldn’t have so much planting to do as I aged. I had over 60 cultivars. What I didn’t know was that, unlike wild daylilies, most cultivars only return for 2 or 3 years. A few may be around a bit longer. Ah well–I enjoyed them while I had them! Out of several hundred photos, here are some of my better ones taken from 2003 – 2007.

 

Purple Galaxy 6-30-03

Purple Galaxy 6-30-03

 

Victorian Violet 7-3-03

Victorian Violet 7-3-03

Wind Chimes 7-4-03

Wind Chimes 7-4-03

Double Glamour 7-5-03

Double Glamour 7-5-03

unknown name 7-19-03

unknown name 7-19-03

Pink Peppermint 7-22-03

Pink Peppermint 7-22-03

Double Daffy & Canadian Mountie 6-19-04

Double Daffy & Canadian Mountie 6-19-04

Malaysian Monarch 6-25-04

Malaysian Monarch 6-25-04

Parfait 7-4-04

Parfait 7-4-04

Lady Dancer 6-22-05

Lady Dancer 6-22-05

Smokey Mountain Autumn 6-23-05

Smokey Mountain Autumn 6-23-05

Little Strawberry Shortcake 6-24-05

Little Strawberry Shortcake 6-24-05

Peach Magnolia 7-19-05

Peach Magnolia 7-19-05

Wynnson 7-3-05

Wynnson 7-3-05

Golliwog 6-23-06

Golliwog 6-23-06

triple wild daylily 6-28-06

triple wild daylily 6-28-06

Moonlit Masquerade 6-28-06

Moonlit Masquerade 6-28-06

Firestorm 6-30-06

Firestorm 6-30-06

Lipstick Ring 6-30-06

Lipstick Ring 6-30-06

Guile 7-2-06

Guile 7-2-06

Bald Eagle 7-4-06

Bald Eagle 7-4-06

Goldfinger(s) 7-4-06

Goldfinger(s) 7-4-06

Pink Superspiders 7-8-06

Pink Superspiders 7-8-06

wild daylilies, multiple petals 7-12-06

wild daylilies, multiple petals 7-12-06

yellow daylilies, wild? 6-16-07

yellow daylilies, wild? 6-16-07

Catawba River 6-24-07

Catawba River 6-24-07

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On My Mind

March 2, 2009

Both plants and PCs have garnered a lot of thought lately. I’d like to get rid of the massive mess of wires the desktops “live and breathe” by and just go with laptops. But I wish laptops were made, in left handed & right handed models, with the touchpad on the side, and with the keyboard closer to the front. I could add a keyboard, but there I go with wires again. No so much though. Most of my data files are on portable drives anyway–I just have to decide on exactly what I want.

My 2009 garden lineup thus far:  More Persian Shield and Alternanthera for the top of the hill and even more begonias and scaevola than I usually get, since they do so well. If the new hostas and heucheras I got last year do well, I shouldn’t have to get as many plants this year. But then, I always think I’ll need less than I do to make the garden look good!  I have no such thing as full sun, so it makes planning more difficult.

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