At the end of May - just about 90 days ago - I planted a series of Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' plugs around the beds including a border of six right in front of some well-established Fanal Astilbes. They went in small and have put on some size in the Summer as you'd imagine. I recently posted about a different set of Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' in our front yard that had grown to fill in the bed . Those, however, had a six-plus month headstart because they went in the Fall of 2022. The six in the backyard can be see in the photo below. They're not near touching each other, but they've put on that two-toned foliage and look good at the front of the border: Last Fall, I added a bunch of Autumn Ferns (only some of which made it over-winter ), but it sure feels like if I come across a good late-season deal on Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip', there's like...I don't know...a dozen places I could plant A LOT of them: the front porch beds, sideyard(s), in the fr
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Posting a photo and trying to take a 'partial dubya' for a down-list item on my 2022 to-do list in the garden and yard . This is an item that I was pretty sure I wasn't going to solve - and in fact - stated that on my late-season check-in . But...I wanted to post here in the [garden diary] a note to show that I should take a partial victory. Why? I transplanted a small Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass that was under the Norway Maple to back by the gate. See below, for a photo of the grass next to the fence gate on the south side: #24 on the list this year read like this : Clean up the south side gate entrance area. Expand the bed forward towards the street (and fill in the gully), lay out large flagstones for walkway and add self-closing gate hardware. Think about cleaning out strawberries that have run wild there and (potentially) expand the beds under the Lindens. This grass is helpful in moving that from 'kinda' to 'yes...a little bit'.
Late last season, I planted six small upright Hicks Yews in a little row about half-way back in the southside bed of the backyard . My thought was that I was going to to try to bring a little bit of repetition to the landscape by trying to mirror or repeat the Hicks Yew hedge that I've been growing along the back of our property. They all seemed to have done just fine this season, but earlier this Spring, I undertook a shrub project that involved relocating the four Lilacs from this area and replacing them with three Green Giant Thujas. If you look at this post showing the planting of the Thujas , you can see the six small Hicks Yews. In that post, I talked about how I needed to relocate some of these Yews and with the temperatures dropping, I was finally able to get around to starting that relocation. Below, you can see one of the Green Giant Thujas and a hole in the mulch directly in front of it where I dug the Yew out of as it was a pretty tight fit. I decided to keep it
Earlier this Summer, I planted a series of Caladium tubers DIRECTLY in the beds on the southside - near the Fanal Astilbe colony . I planted them right on the border of the bed and hoped they'd fill in the gap between the current perennials and the border. These were bought as tubers from Costco and being a Zone 5b gardener, these are (for us) annuals. They're also (at least to me) tropicals. Why do I mention tropicals? Because one of 2022 to-do items ( #14 ) was to work with more tropicals IN the landscape. And #16 was to work with shade annuals . This does BOTH of those things. Five weeks after planting the tubers, we're seeing some action. Below is a look at one of these Caladiums that have popped up: There appear to be five or six groupings of these white Aaron Caldiums that have emerged. Once they all grow up and leaf-out, I'll take a group photo. This is my first season growing a GROUP of tropical tubers in the ground and will be something I think abo
The colonies of Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion - Allium - are looking full and happy in the various spots of our garden. All of them are showing a series of buds that are - right now - downward-facing - and ready to explode with Summer color. Last year, these were further along with their white flowers extending upwards by mid-July. So, these are a bit behind. I should use these in a few more spots, so I'll put that on my 2023 to-do list (along with groundcover).
On the southside of our house, we have three different Disneyland Rose bushes. They're floribunda roses and the two that are to the furthest East were planted directly into their spots and on the closest to our backyard was transplanted last Spring. That transplanted one seemed to recover once Spring arrived and leaf'd out . During the past two winters, I've built a little ring around these Disneyland roses with a net of garden/chicken wire and then filled it with mulched leaves in an attempt to protect them from the dangerous Winter temperatures. However, I don't really know the efficacy of the protection since in the 2020/2021 Winter, I protected all of them. So, this past Fall, I decided to leave one of them out - without any protection other than being tucked in against the house on the southside. You can see the photo below showing the transplanted Disneyland Rose on the left - without protection - and one of the other, larger ones - on the right in the mulc
About ten days ago, I posted some photos and details about a new pair of Crabapple trees that I planted right alongside our house on the south side that I'm planning on training into an espalier. In that post, I talked about how the only thing over there were the three Disneyland Roses. But, I don't think I did the three Floribunda roses (the *only* roses we have) justice. Because they're STILL looking really great and throwing off some beautiful, multi-hue'd blooms: These roses started blooming in early Summer - photo from June 10th - and have gone through at least three cycles of flowers. I haven't watched these that closely over the years, but have shown similar late Summer/early Fall blooms last year in late August . And, by mid-October last year , they still had flowers on them, but were beginning to fade. There are two that have been here since 2018 and one that I transplanted this Spring. Below, is the one closet to the front of the house. This one
That's a photo of Dorianell's Cake Shop - once located at 1114 W 51st Street, Chicago, IL 60609. It was in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, just a few blocks west and one block north of Sherman Park on Racine and Garfield. My sister Vic sent that photo to me. And it is the first time that I'ver ever seen it. That's where my Mom grew up. Upstairs. And that's her dad's bakery on the first floor. I've heard a lot about "the bakery", but I never knew it had a name. Nor what it looked like. Turns out, it isn't *just* a bakery; it is a "cake shop". I can't totally explain it, but this photo makes me really happy. It also gives me so many ideas and thoughts. I've talked about what the sign and exterior would look like if I ever did a spot of my own. I guess I've found the name for my pizza place . (I'm not doing a pizza place.) The name of the place? Dorianell's? That's a combination of my Mom and
Above you can see what I've been calling our "Teardown Hydrangea" in its current state in the Fall of 2019. I've documented this over time here on the blog since "acquisition" to today. Starting with the beginning, in October of 2017, I dug some plants out of a yard down the street before they were tearing down a house to build . In that bucket of plants was a hydrangea that looked really ratty. Dry and unhealthy. I didn't have much faith that it was going to make it. And...frankly, I wasn't really certain that it even *was* a hydrangea! Surprisingly enough, it survived the Winter and came back in Spring of 2018. By last August, it has grown a bit and even flowered with a handful of blooms . If you look then, this was the first time that it was showing off any lime-color in the flowers - which helps point me in the direction of the variety. They're not (at least now) cone-shaped, but more ball-shaped. I think that might mean that t
For Mother's Day this year, Nat's Mom gave her a small Flowering Tobacco Jasmine plant that came in a little plastic capsule. There was very little instructions with it other than that it was potentially poisonous (see ASPCA page on it being poisonous to dogs here !). Nat's Mom has given us a few Disneyland Roses ( first one in 2017 and two more in 2018 ) and a couple of hydrangeas , but this is the first annual that she's gifted us. I wasn't sure where to put it, so I ended up sticking it on the side of our house on the southside - near where I put the 2018 Disneyland roses and was planning to do a Belgian Fence. I didn't pay it much attention and didn't even water it consciously. And look at it above: beautifully tall and graceful. But, this isn't just a looker. Nope. It does a couple of things that are interesting. First...it transforms from day to evening. The listing on Select Seeds calls it a "night bloomer" . Then it