Hello! I thought I would share some developments in our garden. This weekend's weather was quite a change from what we had all week long. Yesterday was a chilly and drizzly day, but as it turned out, it was the perfect day for gardening. We visited a nursery not too far from our house that I recently heard great things about from a neighbor. They sell only perennials and have been in business 25 or more years.
Paul and I had such fun wandering around, admiring their beautiful selection of plants. They were all incredibly healthy, and the prices were very affordable. The variety of hostas, coral bells, ferns and other shade plants, as well as all the sun-loving flowering plants, was amazing. The staff was helpful and friendly. We left with 13 plants and a bag of potting mix for less than $160 (not counting the ornamental dwarf pine my husband splurged on, which was $66; the man raised it from a "baby" plant, so he had many years invested in it).
When we arrived home, Paul immediately got busy digging holes, which was quite a task considering the massive tree roots along the back fence line that come from the large water oak in the yard behind ours. But he was a real trooper, getting all but three plants in the ground. I was so proud and so appreciative of all his hard work at the end of an already busy day.
To the shade garden we planted:
- Two hostas: "Empress Wu" and "Goodness Gracious"
- Three astilbe: "Visions" (pictured below) and "Fanal"
- Two heuchera (coral bells) "Snow Angel"
- One ghost painted fern
For the sun garden, Paul chose a hardy gardenia, below. I can't wait until it blooms. The flowers smell wonderful and they will look pretty at night ... some day we'd like to have a "night garden" with all white flowers that glow in the moonlight.
Paul also chose two sun-loving varieties of coreopsis (common name, tickseed): "Jethro Tull," below, and "Zagreb."
The dwarf Japanese white pine (pinus parviflora "Adcock's Dwarf") is planted beside the temple and Japanese maple. I guess we could now refer to this area as our "Japanese garden."
The hydrangea my husband planted last May, below, appears very happy, and is going to flower this year! This is a plant a coworker of my husband's gave him. How nice is that! To see how much it has grown in one year, see this post and scroll to the bottom.
Spring is such a pretty time in the garden. Temperatures are cooler and there is a good amount of rain. Soon though, summer heat will be bearing down on these plants. I hope they continue to thrive. We'll do our best to take good care of them.
What's blooming in your garden?