Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wednesday's Gardening Doings

--  I planted annuals: two vincas (in front of the new location of the birdbath) and six begonias (in pots for the covered patio).  But we actually have seven begonias, because I accidentally (can't take credit, really) overwintered a cutting in the garage.  Amusingly, that "leftover" begonia is the same type (bright green leaves, coral flowers) that Donald chose to buy this year.  (And there were at least a few other bloom/foliage combos available.)

--  Four more of the perennials are planted-- 'Purity' candytuft, dwarf coreopsis (Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'), and two types of gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Little Janie' and 'Whiskers Deep Rose').

--  I used the nursery pots from those four perennials to re-pot more of the young daylilies.  The kiddie pool is full, now.  The remaining juvenile daylilies will have to make do without.  (Last year, I didn't use the pool, so they should be fine.)

--  I found a tiny little pink freckle-face plant that had sprouted in one of the pots from the garage.  I thought the pink ones had all given up on me.  This one is so teensy that I'm refusing to count on its survival, but anything's possible. 

--  Donald started planting our tomatoes.  (More vegetables coming soon!)

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A couple of the tomato plants:

Tomato Plants

Pink Knock Out rose:

Pink Knock Out Rose

'Little Janie' gaura:


'Whiskers Deep Rose' gaura:


The tiny cleomes are getting a little less tiny:


Achillea is starting to bloom:


The new Joseph's Coat climbing rose has several buds, two of which are about to unfurl.  This first one has some (insect?) damage to the outer petals, but that's probably difficult to avoid.

Joseph's Coat Buds

Joseph's Coat Buds

The red Mexican ruellia has begun blooming.  Each individual flower is fairly small, but once this plant gets established, I imagine it will look more impressive. 

Red Mexican Ruellia

Red Knock Out rose:

Red Knock Out Rose

English Dogwood:

English Dogwood

The pink climbing rose is starting to show some color in its buds.  (I always look forward to this one, because it has such a wonderful rose scent.)

Old-Fashioned Climbing Rose

Sweet olive (a.k.a. Fragrant Tea Olive).  It's waiting for us to chose its spot in the yard.  The flowers are insignificant to look at, but they can be wonderfully fragrant.

Sweet Olive

The pineapple guava is preparing its flowers:

Pineapple Guava

The blueberries are still looking good!



Dwarf coreopsis.  It's supposed to be perennial, unlike the coreopsis we already have in our garden.  The annual coreopsis is nice in its own way, but you never know where it will (or will not) pop up, from year to year.  At least this one should be a little more predictable. 

Dwarf Coreopsis

The clematis are still looking lovely.  Two other types of clematis are growing, too, but must bloom later in the season.  (These are all gifts from Mom's garden.)


English dogwood:

English Dogwood

And last but not least, here are the young daylilies that I've re-potted to date.  They look bigger, in this photo, than they seemed in person... A certain number have failed to make it this far, but still, barring some unforeseen disaster, I think we'll get our money's worth from those seeds. 

Young Daylilies

As much as I like daylilies-- and as appreciative as I am for the ease with which you can raise them from seed-- I don't think I'll "do" daylily seeds again soon.  Certainly not these random hybrids.  If most of these new plants survive, we should be well supplied.  I might be interested in buying "known" seeds from a few specially chosen daylilies.  Then again, maybe it's better to give it a rest for a year or two...