What have you done new to your gadens recently?

pippen7(Z6)May 2, 2003

Hi! Wednesday was my birthday and boy I was glad I recieved some $ and useful gift cards!!! I went garden happy!

Yesterday I went to White Flower Farm and bought some Limerock Ruby Coreopsis (going back tomorrow for Sweet Dream Coreopsis if it's in stock yet!) and some Ajuga - VERY pretty multi-coloring!! Then I went to Home Depot and bought two different Clematis, Nelly Moser and Will Goodwin, a clay pot that they have already made a home in and some bamboo sticks to make a teepee!(as well as lots of other goodies!)

And TODAY I got some mixed coleus (I LOVE coleus!!!)

Well, I planted a rooting of a hydrangea that I got from a friend. As well as two bare root Helleborous Lenten Rose that I found at Home Depot last week! These went in my shaded bed that I reshaped today. And as soon as this part of my house is repainted the colues will be going in too!

AND THE BIG KICKER!!! I have been looking for a particular Jap. Maple Tree...and TODAY I FOUND IT - for a really good price. The variety is Acer palmatum dissectum 'Tamukeyama'. And that is going in my front garden bed - just have to move my hygrangea...oh I love gardening and thank God for giving us all that we have!

Oh, one last thing...my sister gave me a sprinkler in the shape of a FROG! I love frogs...and I bought a short hose so it can be set in place in my front garden bed! He's so cute!!!

I have been having so much fun with all this gardening. A friend has asked me to work with her as a landscaper!!! I am so excited because I am learning so much!!

This is sooo long ... I am just so excited!! Tell me what's going on in your gardens!!!

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Bill_zone6(W. Pa)

The house is going from Booth Bay gray w/ Hamilton blue to Cedar Path w/ Nob Hill green. Will be finished the end of the coming week. Oh boy!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2003 at 6:04PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

Recently I:
- Had my grandchildren choose and plant their own plants in our garden - children do make excellent choices (like Helichrysum and Brachycome)! My almost six-year-old granddaughter pouted when I told her we had to bring her home and wouldn't have time to plant any more plants. Sounds like me!
- Planted lots of new (to me) variegated plants (e.g., Carex 'Beatlemania', variegated daylily and spotted Heuchera) with the goal of lightening the mood of the garden.
- Acquired lots more ornamental grasses, after getting hooked on them last year.
- Started consciously thinking more of designing with color, and being bolder with it.
- Realized that, with a nice variety of plants in place, and with something blooming at any given time in the growing season, I can splurge by getting lots of each of a few plants that I love. The backdrop is in place now, about seven years after the start of my current garden.

Wishing you a belated happy birthday,

    Bookmark   May 4, 2003 at 11:51PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

Sounds like you had a GREAT birthday! Wish my family would catch on and get me gift cards at the local nurseries -- you'd think they would take one look at our garden and figure out what my newest passion is. And springtime is so addictive -- all those beautiful new flowers everywhere in neighborhood gardens and the garden centers, just really inspire one.

We are anxiously awaiting the end of a remodeling -- found some dry rot in one wall and the contractor's scaffolding has been sitting in two of my flower beds for a whole month, waiting for dry weather to happen! I want so badly to replant the damaged beds, but can't do it until he's outta here, so it's so frustrating for me.

After all, any excuse to go shop for some new plants, hehehe...

    Bookmark   May 5, 2003 at 11:43AM
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