Things are doing some growing around here! After an absurdly long winter, it’s so exciting to actually see green…and pink..and yellow and every other color that’s deciding to show itself!
I’m mostly pleased with how the woody plants have done. The Disanthus died down to the parts that were below the snow line, as did the rhodie but then again President Roosevelt is only supposed to be a zone 7 plant and the parts below the snow line survived so I can’t complain. The garden is puttering along at its own rate…slow but steady. I’d complain but the weeds are also moving at a snails pace so there are some benefits, eh? I wish I had more to say but quite frankly the pictures speak for themselves, and we all know what gardening is like so I’m sure you don’t really care about the nitty gritty details of moving random things around. Or maybe I’m just cranky. Oops.
I finally scavenged some stone to use as stepping stones! Someone I know was getting rid of some limestone slabs, so naturally I had to take them! I’m sure having these giant slabs of lime sitting around the garden will really help with my high pH problems (sarcasm alert!), but they looked too good to pass up. Now if only the plants would grow so I could see them with the new path… and yes, before anyone asks, I will be partially burying them to hide the right angles and soften the overall effect
I don’t REALLY have much blooming in my house so I thought I’d show off the two arrangements I made for Valentines Day, and the Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’ and Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’ that I recently acquired cuz OMG FLOWERSSSSSS!
These two pictures are of my true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) that I got from Mr. Subjunctive in a plant trade a couple of years ago. This is the first year it has bloomed for me, and I’ve had a fairly constant stream of blooms since the first one about a month ago. At the moment there are about 7 blooms on it. Yay flowers!
I know it’s not much but it’s better than nothing! Plus all the cut flowers are making things feel somewhat tropical and lord knows how badly we can use that here!
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It’s been a long time since I posted any mention of the yard so I figured I’d post the one (single, lonely, only) plant that has anything resembling winter interest at the moment. It’s Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’. The silvery needles look so nice contrasting with the embarrassingly ugly green fence behind it. I love how they’re curled as well, it gives another texture to the garden that I wouldn’t have otherwise. The plant is still a baby so it’s kind of awkward but as they grow they get a really nice layered pyramidal look so I can’t wait to see it in about 10 years!
One plant that will not be making the cut is my variegated Thujopsis dolbrata. It was gorgeous all summer but I have no time for a plant that’s going to brown up and look like a dog took a giant dump in the middle of my back yard for the entire winter. I’m not even sure it will survive the winter anyways. In the mean time I came across an Abies procera ‘Glauca prostrata’ that I’m going to replace it with (assuming that survives the winter in my garage).
I’m so over this winter by the way. We’ve had 5 feet of snow so far and it’s just cold. Stupid cold. So cold that -13 doesn’t sound like that ridiculous of a morning temperature because that’s what it is about twice a week. Thankfully we have all that snow otherwise I’m betting I’d lose quite a few plants this winter. Aside from the Thujopsis and a bamboo (Fargesia rufa that I planted way too late in the season) all my big plants look like they’re gonna make it just fine though, so I’m happy. Actually I’m kind of happy the Thujopsis is going because it was just too busy looking anyways. I’m not even sure the bamboo is dead because so much of it is under the snow, for all I know it could still be green. Oh wait, I forgot about that zone 7 variegated Rhododendron I planted, I’m sure that’s dead too (but I don’t know for sure because its under a giant mound of leaves and snow). Then again I bought that to be used as an annual filler so I don’t really care if that dies either (yay cheap pretty things from home depot!).
I present you with the first batch of pictures from my trip. These are mostly buildings and city scenes. Tomorrow I’ll post the pictures from Huntington Gardens so you can get your dose of planty goodness. I think the pictures speak for themselves but feel free to leave a comment about something if you want me to elaborate!