Pase Greenhouse Order Arrives!
20 April 2006 | 12:53 pm


Over the late winter months I started ordering plants from eBay. The second batch of those arrived last night - Varigated Weigela, Buttonbush, Northern Bayberry and Cinnamon Fern. All arrived in good, healthy looking condition with moist roots and buds looking like they want to start to swell and open

Buttonbush was planted at the end of the bed adjacent to the Butterfly Bush. Had to dig up a few Iris tubers to make room and I will probably have to move the Formosa Lily at some point. I have high hopes that this shrub will fill in the end of the garden and create a kind of "full-stop". Its is a scented native shrub which developes ball shaped flowers which butterflies and bees LOVE

Just in front of this in the virgin ground I planted the Varigated Weigela. I had to raise the dirt level a little to give adequet drainage during the wet times. Hummingbirds LOVE the flowers and I'm hoping that I enjoy the shrub as much as they will. Both shrubs are included in my garden to add winter interest and a potential nesting / hiding area for my ever growing collection of wild birds!

The Northern Bayberry I have temporarily planted in a pot as I have no idea where I want it to go! Just I will have to do some research and find a sport for it!

The Cinnamon Fern was already starting to develop its first new frond and I have put it in a pot to take up residence in the shady corner of the deck. It is the first plant in my potted shade garden scheme for the deck, I hope to also include a shrub or two, other Ferns, Hostas, Coral Bells, Ivy and various other shade tolerant plants

Its great to finally have things arriving and I can't wait to watch them grow

PS: I strongly recommend Pase Greenhouse (I have no affiliation) and look forward to buying from them again in the future

Spring is Definitely Back!
19 April 2006 | 1:06 pm

Well.....Spring is definitely back with full force, although living up here in the North-East things can change VERY quickly! I am lucky enough to have a South facing front garden which helps in the Spring when everything is just getting started! I have had green perennial growth for quite a few weeks now and the Daffodils are almost done blooming. The Tulips have just started to open, creating the next wave of early Spring colour. When Autumn comes around I must remember to buy more Spring bulbs for both the front and (especially) the back gardens

My plant orders have started to arrive from my eBay purchases, which is very exciting. The two Purple Smoke Trees have been in pots for a while just waiting to be planted out. I almost killed on of them through over watering but it seems to be coming back now. My two Serviceverry tree's arrived from Cold Stream Farm last weekend, both look to be in great condition with great root systems and many swelling buds. The rest of the orders should arrive in the next couple of weeks

The "New Dawn" Climbing Rose I brought at Walmart is starting to leaf out so I look forward to watching this one grow. I have read that it is a pretty rampant grower so I have high hopes for it

Spring Is In the Air!
17 February 2006 | 2:49 pm


Its been a long time since I posted anything regarding my gardens! Things wound down VERY quickly for me at the end of last season and I was thankful to get a short break. Then off course those long winter nights showed up, albeit mild ones and all of a sudden gadening is the last thing on anybody's mind!

HOWEVER.....Spring is starting to show its pretty little head a little early this year, I already have Daffodils poking through, I even discovered the tips of some Tulips the other day! You can "smell" the sweet scent of the change to warmer days as these nights get shorter and the spring gardening catalogues start to arrive. Wanderings around my still mostly sleeping garden are becoming a more frequent event as the hope of renewed growth gathers speed and I find myself looking for those early signs of life in my earliest of plants

A wander around my front garden last night presented the pleasent sight of freshly emerging growth on my Sweet Autumn Clematis. Now moving into its second year it has already started to produce its first new leaves of the season, with more buds swelling. I have also noticed that many of the Hollyhocks which I cut back last year have started producing new leaves, although very small ones. Common Ditch / Homestead Daylily's have started peeking their leaves above ground, as have the Autumn Joy Sedum which I planted last year. I have even noticed that the Sweet Alyssum has started producing growth from their self sowed seeds

I do fret a little though because inevitably we will get colder weather moving in and out over the next 6 - 8 weeks which no doubt will stunt growth and maybe even kill a couple of things off! I do live in hope though and the felling of refreshed new life is amazing to say the least, it gives me such hope and koy for the coming year

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