Well as usual I haven’t gotten done what I set out to do this year. Stuff and things have gotten in the way again.
But hey the astilbe looked good.
Like the new blossoms of spring, my mailbox is starting to unfurl its bounty of seed catalogues.
It’s that time of year when you can start thinking about what to do in the garden this year. I’ve got a few ideas and a few things to finish up from last year. And the year before. And the year before that…
Beyond the chronic weeding that will have to take place I want to finish off my perennial beds at the front corner and along the side of the house. It’s time to get these guys done already.
I wondered what might be new in the old garden centres this year so have been looking at some of the new plants of 2013.
Of course Canada Blooms is coming up so I can always make a trip down there. Not a huge fan of these shows but they are pretty to look at after a bland winter.
According to Better Homes and Gardens there are several new “Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013” including some new Dianthus, anemone, and the all-too popular hardy hibiscus that everyone seems to have now.
If you want to go for seeds, Stokes has a nice selection for this year. I like the lavender but I’ll go with a well-formed plant as seeds are rarely my pals.
According to the US Perennial Plant Association, this year’s perennial of the year is a variegated Solomon’s Seal. Not my cup of tea but different strokes and all of that.
Well this gives me a few ideas but I’ll spend a few days stewing on it and dreaming about spring.
The answer to that is a resounding “meh”.
Last year I made a list of “to do’s” for 2012 for both the schoolhouse and the condo. Did we do them?
So that is where we are at. I’m not going to add anything else until we get this lot done. Fingers crossed for 2013!
I’ve been going through my old files looking for some photos of our gardens to date.
I’m not totally sure what type they are as they have been in our garden as long as I can remember. We have hot pink, white, a lighter pink but most of them are purple. While I am adding many other perennials to the side garden the phlox will always be the main theme.
I’d love some suggestions as to other colours or companion plants for the phlox as well. Please let me know what you think.