26 April 2010

desirable plants this year

A small list. Very small list.

Want . . .
  • Agastache 'Blue Fortune': If Sydney Eddison calls this one of her favorite plants, then it's one of my favorite plants, too. I've noticed some agastache blooming, I think, near the subway I take to work, and I love the look, as well as well as the aromatic foliage.
  • Amsonia hubrichtii: Again with Sydney Eddison! Actually, the thready foliage of this plant turns gold in the fall and would be a nice echo of the fall gold of balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
  • Aster laevis 'Bluebird': Love asters, and this one is a beautiful sky blue.
  • Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black': Dark foliage and light purple flowers.
  • Baptisia 'Purple Haze': To round out the triumvirate of baptisia I am planting. Just planted 'Carolina Moonlight' last week.
  • Hydrangea quercifolia: This is one of those shrubs I've been wanting to grow for ever, and I keep not getting my hands on it.
  • Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster': Alan wanted to relieve himself of two very overgrown pots of this grass that I have been cogitating on for years. I will divide the contents of each crowded pot into four plants apiece, so I will have eight (count 'em) EIGHT plants! Thank you, Alan!

07 April 2010

signs of the season

Earth egg.


New garden.

06 April 2010

ordered from corralitos gardens

Phew. (Does anyone say that anymore?) Lucky to have thought to myself this evening, "Now what was that beautiful dahlia that Kris at Blithewold photographed last year . . . ?" So I went back to the post I wrote so that I could remember the details (it worked!), clicked on the Corralitos Gardens link, and was astounded to see that I had until only 10 April to place my order. Also somewhat surprised to see that the minimum order is $30, but . . . oh, well! It's spring!

So here's the order, chosen with an eye to having them populate a nice large swathe of the new flower bed this summer (all images swiped from the Corralitos Gardens Web site):

The one that started it all: Kris's 'Florinoor' (slightly dark foliage, anemone form, 2.5' tall, 4" blooms),

'Florinoor' will look positively staid paired with 'Honka' (how was this name chosen?! orchid form, 2.5' tall, 4" blooms).

I haven't grown a cactus form yet, and I love the color of 'Smooth Operator' (dark foliage; semi-cactus form; 2.5' tall, 5" blooms).

I'm betting 'Alpen X' will look even more astonishing face to face (very early blooming, formal decorative, 3' tall, 6" blooms)

And finally, because the color and form of 'Golden Cloud' make me think, "Ahhhhhh" (waterlily form, 4' tall, 5" blooms). Really: "Ahhhhhh."

04 April 2010

i got me flowers

Happy Easter! B and I woke to find that the first daffodils are in bloom on Pleasant Hill. We took a small bunch to my parents in celebration of the day and were surprised to see that almost none are in bloom yet in Schenectady, in spite of the fact that Schenectady is a solid zone 5 and we in Washington County are zone 4ish/5ish.

In addition to the yellow daffodils, we also have some gorgeous blue squill blooming, and the various and sundry bulbs I planted in the lawn last fall are beginning to bloom, too (Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica and Scilla bifolia 'Rosea').

B remarked to me that he thought it seemed sort of early for daffodils, so when we came home this evening, I looked at past years' observations. Sure enough, in 2009 I posted a photograph of the first squill blooming on 15 April, and the first daffodils I noted were in bloom on 12 April. In 2008, I noted the first daffodils in bloom on 19 April; the week before (12 April), the squill and daffodils were up but not yet blooming.

In 2007, I noted the first sprouts on the daylilies, phlox, sedum, and peonies on 23 April. With the exception of the peonies, all of the above were definitely poking their noses into the warm sunlight as of yesterday, 3 April.

I'm thrilled and also a little spooked: I've got to get busy in the gardens!