Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Next?

At the top of a back staircase in our house this variegated sansevieria has lived for the last five years, requiring little care and growing happily.

A year or two ago, I decided to let it have a vacation outside.

However, it got placed in a spot with a little too much light and wasn't acclimated properly so it suffered.  I brought it in after only a few days, mad at myself for such foolishness.  During the last year or so it's struggled a bit and something that found the pot outside ate a few dents in the sides of a couple of leaves.  Maybe it got over watered but recently it decided to fall apart. 

What to do?  Is it time to call it quits and compost the whole thing or should the fallen bits be rooted, fresh soil provided and hope that the fun continues?   I've pondered this for a while.  

This spring, I was feeling a little blah and wasn't really enjoying being in the garden or even going to nurseries.   The amount of plants in my possession and the care they require seemed overwhelming.  Everything that I thought of to blog about seemed old - yes, there are new shoots, blooms, foliage but what haven't I already shared in previous years?  Blogging and being part of that community have been a true joy for me but recently, the thought of what to do next on the blog has been crossing my mind every time I look at that sansevieria.

I now know that a totally blocked vessel in my heart may have had something to do with my feeling of ennui.   The signs were fairly subtle and I dismissed the pain as being caused by moving too many pots out of the greenhouse.  Finally on Saturday evening, we walked  to the emergency room of the hospital just up the street.  I got a lovely private room in the coronary care unit with a view of the park.  A couple of days being pampered  and a nice surgery were just what the doctor ordered, literally.   I'm back home now and feeling much better than before but will be taking a break from blogging for a short time.  Until then, happy spring and happy gardening!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday Vignette - Magnolia Time

It's spring break and for the first two days, we had blue sky and temperatures in the sixties.  Perfect weather for playing in the garden but I spent far too much of it inside doing nothing.  The clouds predicted for the rest of the week will motivate me to go out and play.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to join the party.
The garden is waking up for the year so I'd better get out there and tidy up a bit!  How is your spring gardening going so far?

Monday, April 1, 2019

In a Vase on Monday - April Foolishness

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Do click over to her blog to see her arrangement this week and to find link to those of other participating bloggers.

It's April Fools' Day so what better way to celebrate than with a bit of whimsy in the form of a couple of cat  containers made by Cindy Jenkins? 

Tall kitty got a couple of Dianthus, some Primroses, a Tillandsia, and a few branches from the Coral Bark Maple.

Short kitty got some pansies and foliage from Dicentra formosa.

Now, what should we name these little kitties?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Random Spring Stuff from My Garden

Snowdrops and crocus are finished, hellebores continue and, with the advent of warmer weather, new leaves are popping up everywhere.  Now, if I could only remember where I planted those tulips last fall.  Oh well, if they lived, they'll bloom one of these days. Let's take an after-work stroll around to see what's new.

Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'

Podophyllum 'Red Panda'

Magnolia time!

Begonia pedatifida

Acer palmatum

Yellow violets

Peony 'Coral Charm'
 In the greenhouse, clivias are putting on  a nice show. 

I have several rhipsalis that are all different but were all sold with a label reading simply Rhipsalis.  It's a step above "assorted succulents."  Anyway, this one, which I think is rhipsalis salicornioides, has yellow blooms  that perfume the entire greenhouse for a couple of weeks. 

There are various echeverias and aloes blooming in the greenhouse as well but some of the flowers are hiding behind other plants at the moment.

Tillandsias did well this winter. 

Back outside - Tree peony. 

Some rhododendron purchased years ago at Heronswood for it's interesting foliage.  It's finally decided to bloom.  Since it's grown too large for the space, seeing this will make it easier to cut back nearly to the ground.

The vibrant pink color of these Acer palmatum leaves lingers until mid summer.

The main trunk broke under the snow load and I just noticed it.  Hope it'll survive.

Sinopanax formosanus  looking unfazed by the strange winter weather. 

 Agave 'Mr. Ripple'  looking a bit battered but the center is still firm so hopefully it'll be okay.

Daphne odora makes everything better, right? 
I hope spring is bringing you lots of happy surprises!
Happy weekend all!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Sunny Saturday Nursery Hop Part Two: Valley Nursery

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by all the spring tasks that need doing in your garden that you simply run away from it?  What better place to run than a nursery?

I have this in my garden but it hasn't achieved this grand size. 

You may recall a post last week featuring this noxious weed in a hanging pot in my garden.  What can I say, that golden color seduced my eye.

Lots of gorgeous hellebores but I already have enough. 

Some cool plants for inside as well. 

Been there, have that but isn't it beautiful.  

Fabulous Agave 'Blue Glow' and planter combination.  

Gold variegation was speaking to me for some reason and Rhododendron 'Blattgold' also came home with me. 

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'

Ranunculus flowers always appeal to me as they remind me of one of my early garden mentors in Alaska who grew these in her garden.  They never last long in my garden here but make a nice splash in seasonal pots.

Interesting use on a broken pot. 

There's always an agave!

Oh those double primroses are so sweet. 

Camellia japonicas are in full swing now and will be producing flowers for quite some time for us to enjoy.

So, I got away with only two plants this time and only one of those required planting.  

My spring break is next week and I'm hoping for great gardening weather. I promise to actually work in my garden rather than trying to escape the horror of it all. 

It's time for the semi-annual plant migration to begin.