Yesterday, I got started planting. With the big Elephant Ears bulbs that I tucked into some containers and a trial in a bed. Today, I'm posting about how I made my first move with the bare root perennials from Costco - planting some of the Bresshingham Blue hostas . In that post from March, I wondered where to put all of the hostas. Here (below) are a few of the places that I mentioned back in March of places I could tuck them in. And...called out with the red arrow - where I started my planting this year: on the corner of the screened porch: Our plan calls for Blue Hostas (Hadspens) paired here on the corner of the house: Here (in the photo below) are the tips of the two bareroot hostas that I tucked in around the drain pipe below. I'll keep an eye on these to see if they mature enough this year to put on a show:
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In our old garden back in Elmhurst, we had a couple of strawberry plants. I put them in a giant pot (that came with our Ginko tree) and they came back year-after-year we lived there and bore fruit that we (sometimes) ate and other times were enjoyed by various critters. Here's a photo showing one of the big fruits from 2013 . Here's a look at one of that plants just about six years ago and here's a sample harvest from 2012 . Also, in 2015, I came across this Hula Berry plant which features strawberries that taste like pineapple. I planted it, but then before we were able to harvest, we sold our house and moved out. Fast forward to this year: I found this package of 10 bare root "June Bearing All Star" strawberry plants from M&G Holland. They sat on my desk for a few weeks until recently when I had the two containers left over from planting the kids Earth Day trees . I wanted to run a little bit of an experiment in terms of plant
There's this house in Nat's parent's neighborhood that has a really well-manicured landscape out front. And that's due to the owner (I think?) of the house that seems to be tending to the yard, plants and landscape almost constantly. The reality of it is that we mostly go by Nat's parent's house on weekends so it might just *seem* like he's constantly in his yard because that's how he likes to spend his weekends. Either way, he does an incredible job. He has topiary'd evergreens (junipers, I think?) and he also has quite a bit of what appear to be tropicals outside. But, upon closer inspection, I think A LOT of what I've thought to be tropicals are giant elephant ears. And, so those have been on my mind and when I was at Menards earlier this Spring, I came across a couple of different varieties and - of course - snapped them up. I posted late in March the "Black Magic" bulb that I started in a pot inside . That has moved o
I've been chasing a cast iron urn/planter (or pair of urns/planters) for the better part of six months. And now, I've acquired one. This one fit the sweet spot between price and looks and came from a gardener in LaGrange that had upgraded to a different set of planters on either side of her stoop. This thing is HEAVY and as you can see on the base, it sunk into the ground. Due to the weight, I'm not sure where, exactly, this is going to end up. Maybe in front. Maybe in back. That's for Nat to direct in terms of where we want it to live. One thing is certain: I'll fill it with flowers as soon as I can this Spring.
Just two days ago, I posted the first of what I'm calling "Earth Day 2018" trees that I planted with the kids in our #newoldbackyard . Today, the KoTBT is up with his hand-picked tree. This one, too, came from Home Depot out of their $15 deal for Earth Day. That's him up there, standing next to his very own tree that he helped plant. We planted it pretty far back in the yard, pretty close to the rear fence in the area where we've been putting most of our yard waste (leaves, etc) to compost on their own. You can see the dirt that he's standing on is pretty good dirt, unlike the clay that was used to backfill in around our house and adjacent areas. This tree is a Red Maple "Sun Valley" and requires "full sun", which it isn't going to get here. But, I'm thinking that might be fine. This one is planted about 50 feet or so away from the King Crimson Maple that I planted last summer and that one, too, is listed as
Along with the various other tubers that I've planted (Dahlias, ferns, hostas) this Spring, I also put down our first set of Peonies in our #newoldbackyard out on the north side of our backyard - about halfway between the house and the back fence. These are of the pink Sarah Bernhardt variety that you can see in the top photo. They're of the 'double peony' type that Nat adores. Welp...she actually loves *any* peony, but based on what she cuts and brings in, it is this delicate, double flower kind that I think she loves the most. And, that's why I bought them: as a landscape gift to her - the love of my life. At our old place in Elmhurst, we had a series of peonies that we were gifted, bought and took (from a tear down) that bloomed every year. There was one plant in particular that Nat was given from her Aunt that (I think) was from her Mom's Grandmother's garden. That's the one that we dug out and transplanted out in Naperville where Nat'
For Earth Day last year, we planted a tree: our Dawn Redwood . This was while our #newoldfarmhouse was being built, but we still had access to the backyard. This year, we planted a couple of trees on Earth Day. This post chronicles the first one: a Chanticleer Cleveland Select Flowering Pear tree. I took the kids to Home Depot on Earth Day and had each of them pick out a small tree. They were running a sale on tiny trees like the one you see above for $15 each. This is the one that the Bird picked out and that's here in the photo showing off her new tree after she helped me plant it. We put it on the south fence line in an open spot. This was a nice Earth Day activity for me and the kids. The Bird was so excited to help plant the tree. She's my gardening buddy, so she knows how to get plants (and trees) out of their pots by beating on the pots and then she also helps rough up the roots to help them get started. She's also in charge of helping amend the s
My love of shade gardening is well documented here on the blog. After all, it is what I grew up with and what my Mom was doing down on Overlook Court East. We had a wooded lot and she cultivated - as best she could - shade gardens featuring hostas mostly. At our new spot in Downers Grove, we too, have plenty of shade. We were blessed with a few volunteer ferns that came with our lot and I've begun to incorporate hostas into the mix that I both have bought ( this year ) and scavenged from a tear down ( last fall ). In addition to my love of hostas, I've posted quite a bit about one of my other favorites: ferns. We've fostered some ferns in Naperville (which I need to dig out!), planted some ferns at Equation Boy/Man's and Vic's house before we moved out , transplanted some survivor/volunteers in our #newoldbackyard , confirmed with the University of Illinois Extension Office that we do, indeed, have Ostrich ferns , and documented them coming up over the
Here's the last in a series (for now) of posts showing of some of the tubers/bulbs that I picked up on a trip to Menards. First there was the "Night Queen" mini Dahlias . Then I posted about the semi-cactus Firebird large Dahlias . Today, I'm posting a photo of another perennial bulb that's an Elephant Ear. "Black Magic" variety. Colocasia Esculenta to be specific. I stuck this one bulb in the large pot along with one of the Dahlias and based on the description, this one will grow quite tall - with leaves that are 7-9". As you can see at the top of the photo, it references a 36" plant height, so that's what I'm aiming for this season. And what drew me to it was the whole "Black Magic" purple thing going on. I've historically grown purple sweet potato vines as the 'spill' in our pots and I like the color they add in a sea of green. You can find out much more about this particular plant over on the Mis
Yesterday, I posted a photo of some "Night Queen" Dahlias that I picked up and planted indoors recently. Today, I'm sharing a photo of another set of 3 Dahlia tubers that came home with us, too. This one is called "Vuurvogel" or Firebird Semi-cactus Dahlia. And while the "Night Queen" flowers are small (< 4"), these are much larger (~11") and have petals that are shaped quite differently. Hence the whole "semi-cactus" thing. What's a semi-cactus dahlia? Glad you asked. I asked the same question myself. And found this answer from Gardeners World : Some of the most spectacular dahlias are cactus and semi-cactus types. With their spiky blooms, they can trace their lineage back to a single surviving plant grown from a crate of tubers imported into the Netherlands in 1872. Cactus and semi-cactus dahlias are some of the most eye-catching dahlias you can grow. Their star-like form means they stand up well to inclemen
'Tis the season for Spring bulbs/tubers to go in the ground and as I've done in so many year's past, I'm giving it a go with Dahlias this Spring. Starting all the way back in 2010 , I've shared my adventures with Dahlia tubers. I've planted them in pots/planters for our own yard and as gifts. We've even bought and planted Dahlias of various types directly in the ground out front of our old house. And we've had limited luck with all of them. But, still, we persist. Why? Because behind Peonies and maybe Allium, Dahlias are right there at the top of Nat's favorite flower list. These "Night Queen" Dahlia are the small version (not 'Dinner plate') and they're going to get an early start in a big pot inside the house. I also bought a few other things that I'll stick in the pot together and once it warms up, I'll move the pot outside. With our patio done and plenty of work to be done on the yard, I'm think