|There is a plan here...|
I have been planting in earnest. The past 4 days brought us another nice stretch of sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. Hooray! I absolutely love the weather here. Even rainy days usually have periods of sun. Adjusting to temperatures and working outside requires some thought. I have learned that in the mornings, I put on a T-shirt or Henley underneath my outside shirt because it will be chilly up until 11-ish. Forget mowing grass in the morning - the dew (or rain) will not dry until late afternoon. Around 11, I shed the T-shirt and change into a light but long-sleeved shirt. Then, after lunch, the short sleeves go on. The highest temperatures do not occur until well into the afternoon.
Now, on to what I have been planting...
I am trying to get out of the habit, but I find myself purchasing the same plants that I grew in the old garden. Of course, there are many plants I want to grow out here that I am unfamiliar with. I go to the nursery, write down names of plants and come home and research them on the Internet. Occasionally, I will go back and actually buy something but it often takes me weeks to decide on something.
|A must-have was the Rhododendron 'PJM' which seems to be the first to bloom. It is probably over-used but how can you resist that color? I want to add more rhododendrons and have been researching them diligently.|
|Lonicera "Lemon Beauty"|
|A plant I grew in Alabama that always got people's attention was Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruiticosa). This variety is called 'Quilted Leaf'. Here is how it looked in the previous garden.|
|A new plant for me - |
Vaccinium glauco album (Himalayan Huckleberry).
|Camellia "Donation" - a plant I always admired in my guru Pam Harper's book. It doesn't look like much now but I had to have it.|
|Ann Lovejoy turned me on to Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo 'Compactus'). I am looking forward to seeing what it will do.|
|Take a look at this huge bud on this tiny rose plant. This is 'Home Run', my first time to grow it.|
|A tree that a knew I wanted was Japanese Snowbell (Styrax). I planted one of these at the Unitarian Church in Florence and always wanted one for myself.|
|Pieris 'Passion Frost'|
|It is very nice though!|
|Chamacyparis ‘Gracillis’ (Hinoki Cypress)|
|Cupressus ‘Swane’s Golden’|
|Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Wilma Goldcrest’|
|Laburnum ‘Pendula’ (Weeping Golden Chain) - another weak moment!|
|Now on to some plants that were already here in the garden. This little Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Murasaki Kiyohime') is leafing out nicely.|
|Another Japanese Maple that was not labeled.|
|Another mystery shrub. Euonymous?|
|This Euphorbia is stunning. I do not have the name.|
|Not much progress on the raised beds. Notice that I am attempting some straw bale gardening.|
|Some signs of success!|