23 March 2012

first daffodils: 22 march 2012

Just for the record.

Mentions of first daffodils in recent years:
  • 10 April 2011
  • 4 April 2010
  • 12 April 2009
  • 19 April 2008
Snowdrops have been up for at least a few weeks; wish I'd noted when we first noticed them. Also: squill and crocuses blooming now, too.

22 March 2012

word(s) on good plants

From "Gardener's Question Time" on the BBC
  • Salvia 'Huntington Spires'
  • Lysimachia ephemerum
  • Sedum 'Matrona'
  • Monarda 'Violet Queen'
  • Amelanchier (good fall color)
  • Sorbus (good fall color)
From "The Dean of Green"; trees with good fall color and (in the case of the Salix) shape
  • American yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
  • Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)
  • Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
  • Salix contorta
Dryopteris erythrosora: good fern for dry shade