The Natural Garden Coach

Monday, February 27, 2012

February Color


Wild fruit tree (plum??)
When I wrote about seeing signs of spring in January, I really thought we'd have a lot more going on in the garden by now. But the warmth of January turned into the rains and sometimes warm, sometimes cold weather of February. So here we are, right where we're supposed to be.

'Blue Shades' Grecian windflower, Anemone blanda
New in my garden this year is the Grecian windflower. I'm supposed to have some white ones too, but this lovely shade of blue will do. I'm hoping the white ones will show up soon. The blooms are smaller than I expected, about 1.5 inches, so it may take quite a few before they put on a good display.

'Ruby Giant' crocus, Crocus tommasinianus
Last year's tommies bloomed a smidge but were mostly dug up by squirrels. This year I laid chicken wire down and also planted some 'Ruby Giant' tommies. I really like the color but they are so ephemeral! I plan to try moving them closer to the house so I can ogle them better next year.

'Little Gem' candytuft, Iberis sempervirens
Meanwhile, in the raised beds the candytuft is starting to put on a show. I've read that you should mow them down to about 5 inches after two years' of growth so they'll develop into a "manicured dwarf woody shrub." But I'm thinking I may move them first.

My new succulent planting includes Echeveria 'Perle Von Nurnberg' (the purple one in middle), Sedum 'Makinoi Ogon' (the two lime-green ones), and Sedeveria (a hybrid between a sedum and an echeveria, on the right I think).
Yesterday I worked all afternoon in the garden cutting back plants that I should have cut back a while ago. I weeded all the wild arugula (again!), and thinned out the larkspur and poppies. After all was cleaned up I had fun creating a succulent planting. This one is in a small galvanized tub (I drilled drainage holes of course). I'm sure it won't look this good after some growth so I'm glad I've captured it. :-)

Next posting I hope to capture the many 'Ice Follies' daffodils that are blooming in my front yard. Rustonites, drive on by but hurry - I'm thinking the warm temps may cause them to fade soon!

This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2012. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Texas mountain laurel, Sophora secundiflora (Guess where I was this past weekend?)
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2012. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.