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As usual, I get overwhelmed by the flurry of things going on every spring.
It's hard to keep up with spring garden maintenance and simultaneously deal with all my spring plants orders.
So I'm just catching my breath.
Here are some of my spring woodland stalwarts.
Believe it or not, this is my edited list.
Try to indulge me...
First up, is one of my beautiful woodland peonies. Thrives in typical woodland shade.
More beauties! I really like the flower color of Corydalis 'George Baker', don't think I've ever seen one so pink! We're having problems with a "weedy" Corydalis that's spreading everywhere in the gardens. I've never been able to get an ID for it - popped up in a pot of something else we purchased and at the time I thought it was pretty. Actually it is a pretty purple flower and unique gray-green foliage but it's becoming a nightmare in the gardens!
Beautiful pics! I have the Jeffersonia diphylla and really like the seed pods. I missed out on it's bloom though this year. Went out of town for Easter for a week, warm temps here at home brought it up out of the ground, bloomed and dropped it's petals by the time I got home. I have some Anemonella thalicroides in the same area and it tends to bloom for a longer period of time.
I've always coveted the double blood root. Beautiful.
Kdfisher, I have gotten my double bloodroot from a variety of places over the years.
Seneca Hill, Edelweis, Joy Creek and Plant Delights nurseries have all carried it in the past.
Other DG'ers have complained it's fussy, but mine do fine.
We certainly have millions of native (single) bloodroot, so maybe our climate / soil is just right for it.
The clump which thrives the best for me (the one pictured above) is happy as a clam in the shade of a red maple with tons of root competition from the maple. I can't stick a trowel into the ground around it, since it's so totally root-bound. But the double bloodroot loves it there. I have a sprinkler system, so it gets watered every other day or so. But the maple roots probably keep it on the dry side.
Scott how much land do you garden on? From the looks of your pictures, you have your own arboretum!! I know last year when I started up the hill on the woodland garden a friend of mine said "What are you trying to do, create a park?" I think he was closer than he realized!!!
Doug - I did order a couple of things from Gene last year but haven't so far this year. I may have to look through his catalog again. Since I'm currently not working, trying very hard to stretch my plant budget. I'm so tempted...
I do get the jungle thing . . . it's just that the things that grow back are not the ones you want.
Okay, WR, I'm buying tickets on my way and will see you in MO soon. Jeepers - those peonies are something. I'm still waiting on the one I bought last year (I didn't get it out of a pot, so I'm guessing that it's gone - argh) to come up. That makes me sad. I'll definitely have to replace it and/or add more.
Katie, come on out! You can help me plant all the mail-order plants cluttering up my driveway.
It's the same vicious cycle:
- every winter, I think I have the perfect place for every plant I see.
- every spring I say 'what was I thinking???' after a million plants arive in the mail.
- then the frantic process of getting them all in the ground.
- than, alas, winter returns and I find all those plants which would look just perfect in my yard.
My wife just rolls her eyes.
Hee hee. I know that cycle. Literally, there are so many plants and so little time!!
I'll add to that finding a really good deal on something in late fall. Buying it, even though I know better, and then not getting it into the ground before the rains and cold hit. When your wife is rolling her her eyes, remind her that at least you don't do that.
I am getting better. There are several plants that need full sun and sharp drainage that I don't even look at anymore (unless they're in someone else's garden).