Monday, May 27, 2013

Planting - Finally! - Continued

After the rain that I had been waiting for to plant the rest of that large batch of plants I had bought over a week ago finally came, it suddenly got terribly cold for several days. It did not freeze, but the weather was frigid enough that my basil (Ocimum basilicum) and some of my coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), which had been among the plants brought back from Massachusetts, began to wilt. It looks as though they will make it, but several of the nicest specimens lost a lot of foliage. Perhaps hardest hit was the sturdiest cutting of a coleus with bright magenta leaf patterning which I have been propagating from a chance seedling for the past year and a half. It had just been repotted and installed in a nice shady spot on the terrace. Now it is almost entirely defoliated, but hopefully once the weather is back to normal summer temperatures it will recover quickly. We are not quite there yet; the last two days have once again be sunny and warm enough to work outside comfortably but we are still some ways from the sweltering heat that usually begins to set in around this time of year and of which we already had a little taste early last week. With the cool and sunny weather and rain-soaked ground, I was able to divide and replant two large stands of 'Stella d'Oro' daylilies (Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro') in the front border, in addition to finally planting the following:

1 Belamcanda chinensis (Blackberry/leopard lily)
1 Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Montauk daisy)
1 Agapanthus 'Hardy Blue' (Lily of the Nile)
1 Cortaderia selloana (Pampas grass)

I also edged, weeded, and mulched the island bed in the front lawn, which contains a red lace-leaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum atropurpureum 'Tamukeyama'), two 'Little Lime' hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane'), and a Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'. Finally, I planted a little fir sapling, which had been languishing in a pot for several years, in a still somewhat wild corner of the garden that I am slowly turning into a hedgerow of sorts. Meanwhile, the backyard flower beds around the terrace are chugging along quite satisfactorily:

Bearded iris, chives, double buttercups, perennial cornflower... and boxwoods that are getting to be nice and plump!

Lots of blues...

... and purples!

 Today there will be lots of weeding, and perhaps I will plant some more snapdragons and sow a few things.

9 comments:

  1. Hooray for being able to play in your garden! Hope your coleus recover!

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    1. Indeed! As much as I love my studies and life at my university, coming back to a proper garden of my own is like coming alive. The coleus are usually tough, so fingers crossed they will be fine.

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  2. Bei dir blühen die Iris. Eigentlich müsste das hier auch so sein.Aber dieser Frühling ist kalt und verregnet. Da muss ich mich noch etwas gedulden.
    Deine Gartenbilder gefallen mir sehr und ich werde häufig vorbei schauen.
    LG Anette

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    1. Da freue ich mich aber... :)

      Hier ist das Fruehjahr auch ein bisschen verspaetet, der Winter war deutlich laenger als gewoehnlich. Die letzten Wochen war es dann schoen warm, aber vor ein paar Tagen ist es wieder empfindlich kalt geworden und wird jetzt erst langsam wieder waermer.

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  3. Nice to hear you're able to play in the garden again :)

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    1. :)

      Though right now it is drizzling again...

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  4. what a lovely way to spend the day.
    what are these blue and purple (pansy?) flowers called?

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    1. The first is a bearded iris and the second a relatively dwarf columbine.

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  5. Quite a nice little columbine there!

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