The tulip bulbs that I planted last Fall in the front yard ( I planted 57 of them last Fall ) have really come up this Spring. I'll take a proper photo of all of them - from the front - when they are all flowering. But, for now, I wanted to document the location of the bulbs and where I can add even more this Fall. From the front porch, this is the view of the stand of tulips around the Norway Maple tree: I wanted to post this on the blog in the Garden Diary so I remember WHERE to plant this Fall's bulbs to really fill in this area with tulips - so I circled these areas in the photo below. I can see surrounding this tree with even more bulbs. I've posted about these tulips this Spring - first when they came up . And then again, when they were covered in snow .
This post is another in the series of documenting the Spring re-emergence of the various plants that I bought at last Fall's Morton Arboretum Plant Sale. I first shared photos of the trio of Twinkle Toes Lungwort that emerged first in mid-March. Yesterday, I posted some photos of the Chocoholic Black Snakeroot that has some lovely lacy leaves that are standing on top of purple stems in this first Spring. Today, I'm posting a photo (below) about the All Gold Japanese Forest Grasses that I planted in the backyard around the Tree Swing Oak tree. Formally named Hakonechloa macra "All Gold", there are six of these planted (mostly) in a drift between the tree and the fenceline interplanted with some hostas. Here's one of them peeking thru the mulch (and the wood chips that I added in late Fall): In the photo below, you can see where these six are planted - currently mixed in with some of the tulip bulbs that I planted last Fall. It is hard to tell (exactly) wher
One of the many plants that I bought at last Fall's plant sale at the Morton Arboretum was one (yes...I know.... it was a mistake to buy just one ) of these Chocoholic Black Snakeroot plants . It is a shade plant and gets between four and five feet tall and 2.5' to 3' wide. So, I planted it in a spot near the fence, thinking it could be one of the 'back' pieces of a layer puzzle where our plan calls for some shade-oriented hydrangeas. Last fall, it has these beautiful white flowers on some long stalks, so I was hopeful when I bought it that it would add some new drama to this side of the yard. Well, this Spring brings good news that this plant has come back for the first full season. That makes the Morton Arboretum Plant Sale plants 2-for-2. The Twinkle Toes Lungwort popped up a couple weeks ago and today, it is even flowering. Note to self: I should take some current photos. Here's what the Chocoholic Black Snakeroot looks like today below. Some pu
Back in 2017, we had a large (3" plus caliper) Chanticleer Pear tree planted in our front yard - adjacent to our garage and driveway. That tree died in year one and was replaced. The replacement tree suffered the same way, but it took me close to a year to figure out that the problem was water - but not drought. It was OVERwatering and the tree was drowning. I worked the hole and tried to break through the clay bowl, but the tree has never been right. In 2018, it flowered in November . Weird, right? I last covered this tree in April of last year when it was showing just a couple of flower buds . It leaf'd out just a little bit last year and I assumed that it was a goner this Spring. So much so, that I planted another , second tree in the shadow of this one with the thinking that I'd get a half-year head start with the new tree when the time came to chop down this pear. That tree was this very thin Red Fox Katsura tree that I planted "between two driveways&
Our front yard, multi-stem Saucer Magnolia tree is in full bloom this week and it is putting on quite a show. We had this tree planted in Summer of 2017 and have seen it bloom in 2018 , 2020 and now (for the 3rd time) 2021. Despite the hard, cold Winter and the late frost(s) this Spring, the flower buds persisted and began to unfurl during the first week of April. Below, you can see one of the flower buds as it began to open up: This flowering tree (this year) is timed with our 1.5 Flowering Pear trees and the emergence of our tulip bulbs. It is (this year), not flowering at the same time as our Cherry Blossom tree in the backyard - which is really behind this Magnolia.
Everyone has a landscape enemy. For some, it is Creeping Charlie or Clover. For others, it is Garlic Mustard Weed. For others, it is Wild Violets or Plantain Weeds. Or Nutsedge. Or Purslane. I have ALL OF THOSE. But, they're not my enemy. I have one weed that bothers me more than any other. Because it is both everywhere and nowhere. And I have so much trouble removing. It is the Wild Onion . And I've been on a multi-year crusade to eradicate it from my yard. Yet, I can't tell if I'm winning the battle. Here - below - is the very latest of the scourge that I yanked out of the backyard. I have - so far - filled up a five gallon bucket of these Wild Onion bulbs and A LOT of soil that came out when I yank'ed them out. I've been at this for (now) three seasons. Started in 2019 when I started to pull them out . Then, I went at it again last year with remova l. I've also tried to chemically alter the soil by applying Pelletized Lime over the
I was in the Menards garden center recently and came across this rack that had four mailbox posts laying on it that had my gears turning a little bit. Turning about what? Well, that would be #11 on my 2021 to-do list for the season : "Figure out SMALL tool storage - like pruners, saws, gloves, hand shovels, hose washers, other smalls." Could a mailbox post and a large, metal mailbox be the solve? I've danced around various tool storage ideas and have not settled on something that I'm in love with in terms of location, size, type, utility for gardening tool storage. But, a mailbox solves A LOT of what I'm facing: it is weatherproof, it closes and some of the larger ones can hold a lot of things like saws, shovels, gloves, even wire and automower supplies. I currently keep everything in the garage, but that means that when I need them, I have to out front, grab them, then come back and do the work. This would put my most-essential tools right on hand IN the