Sunday, May 6, 2012
Spring Garden Surprises
We had a very mild winter here in the Midwest. That did not help some of the plants in my garden, especially those that need the winter protection that snow provides. I am not seeing any of my heliopsis emerging from the soil. I started these from seeds back in the mid-70's.
I am hoping they are just being cautious and will emerge this week. My joe-pye weed emerged and got blasted by the frost and now has to start all over again.
A potted rose that I kept in my garage during the winter for the last five years did not survive. I never thought that it would not go dormant and so I should have watered it. Poor thing just completely dried up. It is being replaced with the Knock-out rose.
But there are a couple of neat surprises. While I have grown coral bells for many years, I have never, ever seen any seedlings. This spring I have found at least one. Not a fancy variety, but nice to see, nonetheless.
I have also spotted a hosta seedling, so I am curious to see what it will look like as it matures.
I have also been adding new hosta plants as I have never seen a hosta I didn't like. My latest is this 'Old Glory'. I'd post pictures of the other four I have planted this year, but the frost got to the leaves before I did with my camera.
I also added a Bloomerang Lilac to the side yard.
And after 40 years of living here, I am putting in a wisteria vine. I still have to go buy the metal supports I've finally decided on. Growing up, there were two wisterias on the street where I originally lived (at my aunt's) in Detroit. Going back to my aunt's home as I got older, I always marveled at their beauty. Now I have taken the plunge. It is going to go in one of the spots where we removed honeysuckles. I am looking forward to watching it mature.
Now it is back to the outdoors this morning, moving plants and putting new ones in the ground.