April 24 Update

A few of the plants on the front porch on 4-22-19, #561-9.

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I took most of the photos for this post on April 20 then more on April 22. I did manage to get the plants on the front porch but the cactus are still in the house. Many of the perennials are growing very fast now but some are still slow because of lingering cool temperatures. The Hosta have been slow except for a few such as the Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ and H. Potomac Pride’. I will have to take new photos of the Hosta and make a separate update for the Heuchera and Hosta. I am planning a garden this year but the wind and then more rain has delayed that plan. I am also planning on extending the bed on the north side of the house… I want to add another Xanthosoma and find another Leococasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. Of course, the larger Colocasia esculenta will also go in the north bed. Well, maybe I need to make the bed even larger than planned. I also moved the Alocasia outside but they aren’t exactly photo ready yet. 🙂

I met a new friend and fellow plant collector and we will be trading a few plants. No telling what I might wind up with but it will be very good!

 

Achillea ‘Moondust’ on 4-20-19, #560-1.

The Achillea ‘Moondust’ is well on its way to having a great summer. This is only the second cultivar of Achillea I have bought. The other was a selection of Achillea millefolium called ‘Strawberry Seduction’ which I purchased from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in 2012. I brought it to Missouri with me in 2013 but it fizzled out in 2014.

 

Achillea ‘Moondust’ on 4-22-19, #561-2.

Two days after the previous photo was taken, the Achillea ‘Moondust’ it has two buds…

 

Achillea millefolium on 4-20-19, #560-2.

The Achillea millefolium have been amusing plants (plural because I have SEVERAL clumps now). I have been calling this a Fern-Leaf Yarrow, but that common name belongs to the Achillea filipendulina (which has yellow flowers). The common names for the Achillea millefolium include Milfoil, Yarrow or Common Yarrow, Allheal, Thousand-Leaf, Bloodwort, Carpenter’s Grass, Cammock, Green Arrow, Sneezeweed, Nosebleed, Green Adder’s Mouth, Soldier’s Woundwort, Dog Daisy, Old-Man’s-Pepper and probably more. What is amusing to me is the way it travels by underground roots to where it would rather be. I initially brought two clumps with me when I moved back here from Mississippi in 2013. A friend of mine gave me quite a few plants from her yard that she had for MANY years. She said another gardening friend had given a start to her and she didn’t know the cultivar name. She just started yanking up plants because they had spread way out into her yard. Since I had several to experiment with, I put them here and there in both full sun and shady areas. The plants in too much shade just kind of fizzled out but the two mostly sun thrived. I brought two clumps with me when I came back here and put them in the bed on the south side of the house. In 2014 I moved one to the front of the chicken house and one on the north side of the house. I also put a few along the basement steps (in full sun). The one in front of the chicken house has just done so-so and that is where I thought it would spread the most. But, not so. It only did well there for a couple of years then the clump became smaller and has even tried moving around the corner. The plants along the basement steps, in full sun, only lasted a couple of years then they didn’t return one spring. On the north side of the house, where they received the least amount of sun, they have done much better and multiplied. I took one of the larger clumps and put them in front of the barn last spring in full sun. One clump on the north side of the house is only a couple of feet from the foundation and seems to like it there even though it is in the shade. The clump I moved to the barn was the traveler… It moved about 3 feet from where I initially planted it in three years to get to more sun. It has also left behind 4-5 offspring, two of which popped up this spring next to the steps. The other 2 or 3 are still in the shadier part of the bed. Supposedly, according to some, the Achillea millefolium will spread like wildfire but I haven’t had that problem. The native Achillea millefolium on one part of the Katy Trail nearby has flourished beyond comprehension. Here on the farm, I guess the cows have kept in check because there aren’t that many. You can see Achillea millefolium on a lot of back roads as well, sometimes in very large colonies. There are several nice cultivars available in several colors and sizes that do not spread.

 

Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ on 4-20-19, #560-3.

A few patches of the Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ are beginning to flower while some are still in bud. I really like this cultivar even though they spread like their life depends on it. Well, I guess their life does depend on it, huh? I originally brought the Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ home from Lowe’s in 2010 when I was living at the mansion in Leland, Mississippi. They multiply to form a thick mat so some of the plants need to be removed every year or so to avoid crown rot. They root easily so you can put them here and there. They have fairly shallow roots so they make a nice living mulch.

 

Astilbe cv. ‘?’ on 4-20-19, #560-4.

The Astilbe are getting with it now. They aren’t among the first perennials to emerge in the spring, but they are close behind them. Once they start they grow nonstop until they reach their size. The one in the above photo, Astilbe cv. ‘?’, is the one I brought home with the wrong label. I checked over the plant quality in many pots and didn’t notice it was mislabeled until I brought it home. GEEZ! It is a smaller plant so it is likely Astilbe ‘Visions’ or ‘Rheinland’. I guess I should take measurements of the mature height with and without the flowers so I can give ita proper name besides ‘?’…

 

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ on 4-20-19, #460-5.

No mistaking this is an Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ because it has the correct label. 🙂 This cultivar is somewhat taller than the other one and has dark leaves and red flowers. Astilbe are great in a shady area and prefer somewhat moist soil and they both like it on the north side of the house. Some cultivars grow to around 30″ or taller.

 

Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ ? on 4-20-19, #560-6.

The Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ wannabe has grown A LOT since I took the last photos on April 7.  I had to make a decision to move this plant to the southeast corner bed because it shades the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ too much. At least I think so although the Phlomis wasn’t complaining. ANYWAY, Saturday afternoon I took the shovel and stuck it in all the way around the clump to loosen the soil… Ummm… Baptisia has deep taproots and doesn’t like to be disturbed so I was going to be very careful to get as much soil and as deep as I could. It would not budge! I thought I was going to break the shovel handle. So, I decided I would move the Phlomis to the southeast corner bed instead. It was not happy about that decision… I will write about that down farther… So, for now, I guess the Baptisia stays put.

 

Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ on 4-22-19, #561-4.

On April 22, only two days after the previous photo was taken, the Baptisia wannabe ‘Lunar Eclipse’ has MANY buds… Now I have to watch it closely!

 

Cydonia sp. on 4-20-19, #560-7.

The Quince has more flowers on it this year than I have ever seen before. Maybe it will bear fruit. 🙂 This probably the most annoying shrub, besides the Crap Myrtle, on the farm. Well, I suppose that depends on how you look at it. I don’t trim it very often and it has spread into the patch of Iris next to it which I am not happy about. Other trees like to hide in it and there is also some Poison Ivy in it. My grandparents planted it here so it has been around for a long time. I have noticed other Quince’s around town that are also LOADED!

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ on 4-20-19, #560-27.

Like I mentioned earlier, I had to make a decision about moving the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ since I couldn’t budge the Baptisia…

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ roots on 4-20-19, #560-28.

I looked it over pretty good and thought, “Hmmm… I can make two out of it.” It actually had two tap roots, which were growing crooked because the soil was so hard.

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ on 4-20-19, #560-31.

After I replanted them and gave them a good soaking I continued taking more photos. Then I thought how I didn’t like the same plants in more than one location, even though they are within a few feet of each other. After all, I had just put the Hosta ‘Guacamole’ back together again for the same reason. I have to keep comparing the two plants and take two photos instead of one.

 

Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ on 4-22-19, #561-13.

So, on the 22nd, I put them back together again. It wasn’t very happy I had dug it up and moved it in the first place let alone completely disturbing its roots. It will be in more sun where it is now, which is supposed to be OK. I will just have to keep an eye on it. GEEZ! It probably thinks I have flipped!

*On April 24 it has forgiven me and looks MUCH better.

 

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 4-20-19, #560-32.

The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ continues to do well. These are a great Salvia is you need a plant that stays pretty compact. This is our third season together and it has always done well. It will start budding shortly.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 4-20-19, #560-33.

I was very glad to see the Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ survived the winter. This will be our second season and it is already getting off to a good start. One plant is larger than the other, but the smaller one flowered first. 🙂 At one point last summer the smaller one almost fizzled out but it came back to life and survived the winter. This Salvia has the neatest flowers which you can see if you go to its page. Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ is part of the FASHIONISTA™ Collection introduced by Walters Gardens. Maybe I can find another one so there will be three. I used to only buy one of each plant, but last year I started buying at least three to make a bigger group. That’s OK as long as I plant them all together. 🙂

 

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ on 4-22-19, #561-15.

The Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (or ‘May Night’) has really taken off this spring! Last year, if you remember, it took a vacation and barely did anything. It stayed small and barely flowered. I am glad its vacation is over! This will be our seventh season and is one of the first perennials I panted here in 2013. It has been in this same spot.

 

Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ on 4-20-19, #560-36.

The Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ is growing really well now and

 

Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ buds on 4-20-19 #560-37.

It appears to have a few buds already!

 

Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ on 4-20-19, #560-38.

Even the stem with more yellow variegation has returned. Maybe I can take a cutting this year.

 

Sedum kamtschaticum on 4-20-19, #560-39.

The Sedam kamtschaticum is also doing very good. Last year it sprawled out and the stems touching the soil rooted. That’s good so now the clump will be bigger. 🙂

 

Tradescantia fluminensis flower on 4-20-19, #560-40.

When I took the plants to the front porch on April 20, I noticed the Tradescantia fluminensis had a flower. NICE. It did pretty well over the winter. Hmmm… I don’t have a page for this plant yet.

 

Zantedeschia aethiopica on 4-22-19, #561-16.

The Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla) bulbs had started sprouting but the bulbs had sunk deeper into the soil. So, I gave the pot some fresh potting soil and re-planted the bulbs. They are a bit more crowded than recommended if you plant them in the ground but this is a pot… The top 1/4 of the bulbs need to be above the soil but that didn’t out so well. There is a big cluster in the center and when I watered most became covered with potting soil. Hmmm… They didn’t flower last year, so I am hoping for blooms. Hmmm… I don’t have a page for the Calla either and I have had them since 2017! How could that be? 🙂

I had to do some repotting and take a few cuttings when I moved the plants outside which can be expected when they have been inside.

I took photos of the Hosta on April 20, but some are growing so fast the photos are out of date. So, I will take photos again and do a separate Heuchera and Hosta update. Of course, there will be a cactus update once I move them back outside.

Until next time, be safe and stay positive and GET DIRTY!

 

Ajuga, Heuchera, Hosta, Leptinella & Zantedeschia Update

Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’-Bugleweed

Hello again! I am back with round two of the update. The Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ has struggled through the winter and probably 80% of has died out. What is left is beginning to bud. Later on, I will have to replant what has died with new plants from what is left. They can spread pretty fast so that won’t be a problem. You have to be careful with Bugleweed as they have a tendency to become too thick which can lead to crown rot.

In an earlier post, I mentioned that only two of the Hosta I bought last year survived the winter. Well, I made a very good discovery Friday… I was looking for the new Hosta behind the tags and they were in front of them. SO, the only one that didn’t return is Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’. The following are in the order the photos were taken.

 

Hosta ‘Empress Wu’

I am very glad the Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ survived the winter. I planted this Hosta last spring by the porch on the north side of the house because I want something there that makes a statement. I have had this cultivar in mind for this spot for several years but I could only find them online. Last spring I found one at a garden center in Clinton but didn’t want to pay over $20.00 for a gallon size pot. Then I found the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ which I planted there but farther away from the wall because I knew it would get big. Then after that, I found a smaller Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ at a local greenhouse. Well, even though I had kind of used that spot for the Colocasia ‘Thailand Giant’, I still had to have the Hosta ‘Empress Wu’. I planted it behind the Colocasia in the corner. In time, this Hosta will be very big as it is the largest Hosta cultivar available.

 

Hosta ‘Guacamole’

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ appears right on the heels of ‘H. ‘Potomac Pride’. I bought this award-winning Hosta from Lowe’s in the spring of 2014. The clump has spread nicely and it always makes a good show during the summer. It is always good to see it return in the spring.

 

Hosta ‘Red October’

The Hosta ‘Red October’ has been with me since 2009 I brought from Mississippi. Last year it showed some signs of needing help, so this spring I may need to give it some attention. I have lost two Hosta I brought with me and I don’t intend to lose a third which is why I moved H. ‘Krossa Regal’ last spring.

 

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ is another award-winning Hosta I bought in 2009 while living in Mississippi. This clump gets larger every year and the plant keeps getting more dramatic. It is a beautiful blue-green Hosta with AWESOME thick, puckered and corrugated leaves!

 

Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’

Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is always the first to appear in the spring so it is always the one I check first. I brought this cultivar with me from Mississippi, too. It keeps getting bigger every year and has never ceased to be AWESOME!

 

Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’

I bought this plant from an Ebay seller in 2009 while living at the mansion in Mississippi, too. I actually bought my first Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ after I moved to the farm when my grandpa passed away in 1981. I always liked its vase-shaped growth habit and leaf color, kind of a powdery blue-green. I had to relocate this clump last spring so I divided it while I was at it. I was a little worried at first this spring because it looked like most of it didn’t survive. Fortunately, it appears all the plants from the division have made it now.

 

Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’

Thank goodness the Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ survived the winter. I bought this cultivar in the spring of 2014 but I thought it was a gonner in 2016. Fortunately, it came back again in 2017 so I moved it in front of where I moved the Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’. Hopefully, it will do better this year. Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ was the Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial Plant of the Year in 1991. It was also the number one selling Heuchera for 20 years straight.

 

Hosta ‘Dancing Queen’

Hosta ‘Dancing Queen’ was new for me last spring and my first gold-leaved cultivar. It is certainly a show stopper with its bright leaves you can see from far away. I am anxious to see how well it does this year.

 

Iris fulva-Copper Iris

I brought this AWESOME iris from Mississippi where I found it growing in the backyard at the mansion. I couldn’t leave without bringing several tubers with me and they have spread nicely. This past winter proved they are hardy down to -10° F!

 

Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’

“HERE I AM!!!” I almost S–T!!! It isn’t every day your Hosta calls out to you like that. Just look how big it is already!!! I was looking behind the tag this whole time and it was in front of it instead covered with leaves. GEEZ! WOW, was I glad to see it!

 

Hosta Abique Drinking Gourd’

Since the Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ was in front of its tag, I look in front of the lag for H. ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’. Sure enough, there it was, too! Very good! This cultivar was the 2014 American Hosta Growers Association Hosta of the Year. It has thick puckered leaves that are cup-shaped. I am looking forward to seeing what this plant can do as the years go by. It will be AWESOME!

 

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is just sitting there looking like it has the last three times I have taken its photo. I am not complaining because at least it survived the winter and without much mulch a lot of the time. It is on the end and the wind seems to blow its cover off and on and it isn’t as deep as the others so some of its roots are exposed. I cover it up and it disappears. Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is a MULTIPLE award winner and am glad I found it last spring at Lowe’s. This Hosta was introduced 18 years years ago and is still very popular.

 

Heuchera ‘Obsidian’

I wasn’t worried about the new Heuchera surviving the winter because there were visible signs of them the whole time and they all came through with flying colors. Heuchera is a Terra Nova introduction and is supposed to be the “blackest” Heuchera. It did very well last summer and I have no doubt it will be great in 2018 as well.

 

Heuchera ‘Venus’

Heuchera ‘Venus’ sure looks different when it first starts growing in the spring compared to how it looks in the summer. The leaves will be a silvery-green with maroon veins. Well, that depends on the light and time of the year. Heuchera ‘Venus’ is part of the Planet Collection hybridized by Wijnhout from the Netherlands and introduced in 2003. I had several similar cultivars on my wishlist but I had not heard of this one until I found it at Lowe’s last spring. It was a very good performer last year and had the tallest flower stems.

 

Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’

The Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’ is another Terra Nova introduction I found at Lowe’s last spring. Earlier during the winter, something dug a hole in front of this plant. I filled the hole in but whatever it was kept coming back. This plant is kind of on a slope which didn’t help either. Fortunately, it wasn’t affected by having its roots partially exposed off and on. The wind kept the leaf mulch blown off this plant, too. This cultivar is fun to watch during the summer as its leaves change color with age. It is a very nice Coral Bell for sure!

 

Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’-Brass Buttons

I was just thrilled and overjoyed that the Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’ survived the winter. It is without a doubt one of the most dainty plants I have ever grown and here it survived a very cold January, even down to -10° F temperatures on more than one occasion. 🙂

 

Zantedeschia aethiopica Hybrid-Calla Lily

A few weeks ago I noticed the Calla Lily sprouting where I had it stored in the basement. It was really nice last summer in the shade bed, but I will put it where it will get a little more sun this year. I guess I need to put it in a pot, huh? I had a pretty large clump in Mississippi from bulbs I found in a box of Suzanne’s but it turned out to be pink. I used to remove them and bring them inside for the winter as a houseplant until I found out it was pink. After I started leaving it outside, it spread like crazy! It was a different species because the leaves were solid green. The species name on the label from this one says Zantedeschia hybrida. GEEZ! It is without a question, a Zantedeschia aethiopica hybrid because it has spotted leaves. It also has very yellow flowers. 🙂 Ummm. I don’t have a page for the Calla yet…

So, the only Hosta that didn’t survive the winter was the Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’. Maybe someday it will come up after all.

I think that is it for now. I went out earlier and took photos for the next post. It will be a tour of the yard (s) and where all the beds are. I know I get confused how to explain where the beds are and when I talk about “the other yard”. Maybe I will draw a map. 🙂

Until next time, be safe, stay well and positive. Oh yeah… GET DIRTY! 🙂

 

HELLO! It’s Friday!

Hello, everyone! I thought I would walk around and show you a little of what’s happening around here. I did go to two of the Amish greenhouses today to see what they have available. I was good, didn’t get to excited and I didn’t buy a single thing. That seems like a miracle! I was going to take photos but there were several customers always standing around so I decided not to this time.

The Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chips’ are flowering now. They have spread nicely everywhere I planted them. Umm… Don’t know if you realize it or not, or have ever tried Ajuga (Bugleweed), but they spread. They spread, that is, if you plant them where they are happy. Mine are happy here but they seemed to be happier where I had them in Mississippi. I have a photo somewhere to prove that. Of all the Ajuga I have seen, I like the variety “Chocolate Chips’ better. They have really nice small leaves that are dark green with kind of a burgundy tint, hue, or whatever you call it. Did I mention they spread?

Obviously this is a cactus. But guess what the name of it is? Well, actually, I am hoping someone tells me. I need to put it on a Facebook group to get the name. This is the one that Mrs. Wagler of Wagler’s Greenhouse told me it would survive the winter outside. Umm… The one I forgot about until late one night when it was snowing. Well, it survived just like she said. Now it has a fall off on it and buds. Some cactus grow shoots that fall off and root… I call them fall offs because that is what they do. I won’t have any problems identifying this cactus because it has some pretty distinctive characteristics.

The Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale) has been galloping very nicely lately. I say nicely now, but later I will probably want to corral it (them). Many of the taller stems have fallen over so I guess I need to cut them off. Despite the Equisetum’s wandering nature, they are one of my favorite plants. I like weird accent plants and I have been thinking about sticking a few here and there. It took me several years to take them out of their pot so I probably won’t be moving them around anytime soon. Not because I am a procrastinator but because I know what WILL ultimately happen.

Yeah, I know. I am supposed to cut the flowers of of the Rhubarb. But aren’t they AWSOME!!! Only one plant does well and the others are so small and weird. I always like growing Rhubarb because they are neat, tropical looking plants. Kind of like Elephant Ears. Dad had a HUGE Rhubarb patch in our garden when I was a kid and I have no idea why he didn’t move some here to the farm in 1996. The new owners of their old house mowed them all down. I remember as a kid I would break off a stem and suck on it for hours. Of course, mom would often cook it for us.

All the Hosta are looking very well. Above is Hosta ‘Guacamole’ with its beautiful bi-color green leaves.

Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ is always majestic with it’s nice powdery, light blue-green leaves. This cultivar has a nice vase-shape, as they call it. I could never figure out why they call it a vase-shape. Seems more like a funnel. LOL.

On the right side of the bed is the HUGE Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’. Awesome large, dark green,  puckered, heavily veined leaves.

This photo of Hosta ‘Red October’ looks a little off. It is darker green than this. Anyway, it is doing very well, too.

Last, alphabetically, is my beautiful Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’. Now folks, seriously, this is an AWESOME Hosta. If you don’t have one, you need to find one. Large, thick, puckered blue-green leaves that are quite slug resistant.

After taking a few photos I went to the chicken house… I went inside and picked up the water bucket to get fresh water and came out…

And “you know who” was on the roof! I think he gets sillier every day!

When I came back to the chicken house I went into the bantams pen. Clara was screaming at Elizabeth and Elizabeth was complaining because Clara didn’t want to share the top nest.

Rooster #1 was laughing at them saying, “Women.”

I went back into the main area of the chicken house to get the bigger chickens eggs and “This One” was in a nest. “This One” always gives me the evil eye and bristles up ready to strike. I think she sharpens her beak just for me. Seriously, I have never had a more ferocious hen! Lately I just leave her alone. Not worth upsetting her, getting pecked only to find she doesn’t have any eggs under her yet.

The two unnamed Sedum are doing very well, too. I just call them Unknown #1…

And Unknown #2. I can figure out their names in time. I just have to sit down and go through several hundred photos and descriptions. The thing is, they may have been placed in the Phedimus genus. Or maybe they were put in the Phedimus genus then put back in Sedum. I DON”T KNOW!!! I do know that they were Sedum, then Phedimus at one point but the last time I looked some of them were put back in the Sedum genus. Some experts who write books with one name or the other argue with each other about what belongs where and why. I think they need to sit down to an AWESOME dinner and forget all about it for a while. Find something they can agree on to talk about.

Well, I better go for now. Hope you enjoyed this post! Take care and GET DIRTY!!!

 

Signs Of Spring Are In The Air (And On The Ground)

I decided to take a few photos for the blog this afternoon and #3 heard me and came running. I have to decide on a name for him some day. I usually call him by saying, “Hey, boy” and he comes running. Usually he hears me before I call him unless he is behind the chicken house. 

These Old English Game bantams have a personality all their own are are VERY sharp and alert. Ummm… They also seem pretty fearless. There have been several times he has tried to run off the cats. But they look at him like they are saying, “Are you kidding? You are smaller than me.”

Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chips’, 3-7-17, #312-3.

The Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chips’, Bugleweed, are green during the winter but I think they are still kind of dormant. Spring brings new growth and buds. Soon they will be strutting their stuff with vibrant blue flowers. They have spread nicely and in some areas not so nicely. I always liked this variety because of their smaller leaves and color.

Cydonia oblonga-flowering Quince on 3-7-17, #312-4.

I have always liked the Flowering Quince although I never knew why. They have absolutely no trait that I like in a shrub. They grow weird without form, sprout freely, have thorns. Other trees spring up inside their mass and are hard to cut out. Even if you cut them out they still keep growing making a bigger problem. There are Iris on the other side of this bush and now the Quince are sprouting up among them. But they are one of the first to flower and green up in the spring… Along with the Forsythia and Abelia, they have been here in the same spot since 1958 or the early 1960’s. 

Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ on 3-7-17, #312-6.

My poor Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ didn’t do so well last year. I am glad it made it through the winter and I may decide to move it somewhere else. I haven’t been the best Heuchera grower. They do well for a couple of years then start going down hill. 

Horseradish on 3-7-17, $312-7.

The Horseradish are all coming up and have spread very well. I thought about spreading them out in the fall but that didn’t happen. SO, maybe that will be something I can do in a few days. I would actually like to put them in the garden because right now they are in a flower bed. Dad used to have a HUGE patch of Horseradish when they lived in town (which was also once owned by mom’s dad). He didn’t bring any with him here and didn’t get this start until 2013… I think we started out with 4.

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ on 3-7-17, #312-8.

I am always very happy when spring gets here and the Hosta start showing signs of life. This means that Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is alive and well.

Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ on 3-7-17, #312-9.

On the other end of the Hosta bed, ‘Potomac Pride’ is also ready for spring. I dug around for some of the others but they haven’t started coming up yet. Looks like some of the tags have blown away over the winter so…. Will just have to wait for a while to see if they come up. I would like to start cleaning the bed off for spring, BUT I am not convinced that spring is here yet. In fact, the weather forecast is calling for snow this weekend so I am not going to get in any hurry.

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Goldilocks’-Creeping Jenny on 3-7-17, #312-10.

One plant that is sure to come back every spring is the Creeping Jenny, Lysimachia nummularia. This cultivar is ‘Goldilocks’ which I like because of the chartreuse leaf color. Makes a great contrast with and under other plants. I planted ONE clump (one pot) in the bed on the north side of the house in 2014 and it has spread over the entire bed and into the yard. Well, I guess removing the grass from the Creeping Jenny is one way to make the flower bed bigger. Dad has a different thought and thinks it is best to remove the Creeping Jenny from the grass and throw it on the burn pile. 

Rhubarb on 3-7-17, #312-11.

The Rhubarb is coming up, at least this one clump. This one clump out of several we planted in 2013 has done better than the others. Dad got the Rhubarb from the same man as the Horseradish and they are in the flower bed, too. 

Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’-Meadow Sage on 3-7-17, #312-12.

Always one of the first Salvia to emerge in the spring, the Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’ will soon be flowering up a storm. Some refer to this cultivar as Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ as it was marketed under this name first when they came to the U.S.

One of two of the “un-named” species of Sedum. Photo taken on 3-7-17, #312-13.

 

The second of the two un-named species of Sedum. Photo taken on 3-7-17, #312-14.

I love Sedum but I don’t like it that they weren’t labeled. They came from an Amish greenhouse and I mentioned before not all her plants are labeled. Maybe when I am ready for a headache I will do some research on the International Crassulaceae Network. OH, but what a job! I will have to search both Sedum and Phedimus genera because she is in disagreement with The Plant List, GRIN and Llifle. DO you have any idea how many species, cultivars, etc. that includes? So many look so much alike!

Stachys byzantina-Lamb’s Ears on 3-7-17, #312-15.

Last but not least on the alphabet today is the Stachys byzantina or Lamb’s Ears. No mistaken this fuzzy leaved perennial. One of my clumps died out a couple of summers ago but this one is spreading very well. I could spread them out a bit but I think a clump in one area is good enough. 

I had a few more photos to take but dad came out on the porch to smoke his pipe. He was looking at me like I was nuts, so I thought I would stop for the time being.

This is my dad. I took this photo a few days ago and I was surprised he didn’t make a funny face. Oh, yeah, he enjoys having fun, laughing and making faces when you try and take his photo. 

He is 86 now and in good health and still pretty sharp. He spends his day mainly watching TV, relaxing, and walking to the porch several times a day to smoke his pipe. Hopefully when the weather warms up he will get more exercise. 

He enjoys watching old shows on TV, even though he has seen them so many times already. I get tickled at him sometimes when he says, “this is a rerun.” I will say, “Yep.”

I am experiencing a problem… I taught my computer botanical language over the past few years but last summer I had to put in a new hard drive. I was so glad that the technician was able to save all my photos BUT it’s memory of botanical names was screwed up. Now I have to teach it all over. SO, if you notice a name misspelled, please let me know! The names are correct in the photos and word documents, but when I type in the name elsewhere or copy and paste a word document sometimes the computer changes the names and I don’t always catch it. 

Well, that’s it for this post. Hope you are all doing well and do your best to GET DIRTY!