Saturday, May 30, 2015

Holes in the allée

The allée is still a newer garden. It was started a tiny bit in 2012 but I dug out the rest in 2013. I've added plugs, divided plants, and last fall I bought about $200 worth of perennials and planted many of them there.

But still, when I walked through it this week I noticed that there are a lot of holes. No, not those kinds of holes. We're fortunate that in this part of the city (and probably in many parts of the city), we don't have to deal with moles or voles or other critters. The holes I have are embarrassing because there is nothing growing in them.  I'm sure when I plant new flowers in late summer/early fall that I have a plan in my head but I didn't realize that the plan included leaving great spaces of nothingness.

I seem to have three categories of holes: Places where there's nothing because the plants around it get bigger; bare spaces left when bulb foliage dies; and then just pure poor planning on my part.

To wit: I know that I didn't plant a lot here because the ninebark will eventually be 8 feet across, though since that probably won't happen for several more years, I need to plant and then move when the ninebark takes over. 

And this is a tough spot because when the hibiscus gets going in July, it crowds out everything around it. So instead of giving it space, apparently I planted right next to it and then left blank spaces closer to the pathway. Awesome.

These next two pictures show problems that arise when the bulb foliage finally dies. Then, there will be absolutely nothing in their places. I need to work on some choreography in these spots.

Then there are the spaces of nothingness or just really bad planting on my part. Like here - apparently I like to plant on diagonals. 

Here next to the back door - I know it wasn't this empty last year. There were some Geranium 'Rozanne' and more than one Coreopsis but I guess it didn't come back. I planted some annuals there but I have to do something about this. It's a tough area, though, since it gets stepped on all winter when the bench isn't there to block that route.

Under my Eastern redbud (which had TWO flowers this year, by the way, an improvement over zero so it gets to stay), I planted two Amsonia hubrichtii last fall. I know they'll get larger but right now they're just sprigs and it looks so bare.

Or this - let me just bunch plants together around a hole of nothingness, and then plant some annuals in there to try to mitigate the damage.

As you can see, I have a lot of work to do. This mainly involves online shopping for new plants but may also include moving some things around and dividing some plants. For now, I'll just sit here in the a/c and window shop online.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Early bouquet

I'm very book smart but have no common sense, so when Neighbor M and I were admiring my Baptisia bushes yesterday and she told me that she cut some of her own for bouquets, it was as if she had showed me a unicorn farting rainbows and giving out gold for free. My brain is stuck on the cutting peonies, zinnia, and rudbeckia for anchors for bouquets but baptisia? Never would have thought of it on my own and very happy she thought of it for me.

B. australis species, 'Twilite Prairieblues', 'Solar Flare Prairieblues', and Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Which late spring/early summer plants do you use in bouquets?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2015

This week I looked around and had my annual, "And just like that, everything is green again!" moments. You're so desperate for any signs of life after one of the coldest winters on record and then boom - everything is suddenly SO alive. It's been one of those busy years already (though it's my own fault for over-volunteering). I can't believe it's already mid-May and I feel like I'm terribly behind in both the garden and the blog. I even had a mental April 2015 bloom day post written but never got the chance to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. So without further ado, les fleurs!

The Pharm (Front Yard)

 Creeping phlox on the front wall:

This is not Photoshopped. You really do need sunglasses to look at this azalea.

Azalea, allium, iris, and Nepeta "Walker's Low"

Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire'

Abeille Allée (Side yard)

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Allium. I really need more of these for next year.

As I'm the one who plans the vacations for J and I, I made sure to time it so that I'd be home to see these iris. I missed them last year (my first year having them). It was well worth it to change up our week!

Sibirian Iris 'Frommymotherii'

My lilac bush. Last year I thought it was mostly dead. This year it really filled out!

The back yard

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'. This 2-year-old vine is blooming for the first time.
I bought it to replace my climbing roses that had RRD.

This hellebore was three-quarters dead in the winter but is blooming strong in the spring. Go

Baptisia australis 'Prairiebluesomethingus'

Lots of things growing, not a tremendous amount of color yet, but that's okay because there is life growing all around and it's not 10 degrees outside! Thanks to May Dreams for hosting, as always!