I am so excited. Why all the excitement? Well my dead
Lenten Rose hellebore " Royal Heritage" is growing.
I thought it was dead. I told everyone it was dead. I even
tried to get a replacement, without success, for the poor dead
plant. Which turned out all right because I would be sending a
certain nursery money for a replacement had they sent one.
So you see why I am excited.
While doing some work in the flowerbeds yesterday I could
not believe my eyes to see that it was not dead but just now
starting to grow. It was my first attempt at trying one and
knowing my record for dead plants I had chalked it up as a
goner. Now I cannot wait to see what it will look like when it
blooms. I have seen all of your pictures of them but have never
saw the real plant. So that sure was a bright spot to my day.
Yesterday was spent getting some beds decorated up
with some of the garden decor I have gathered over the years.
Two roses were planted. One red Knockout had to be dug up
in the great back yard dig so it was put in a new spot. A replacement
for the "Double Delight" rose bush which had died came in the mail
so it was planted, and a relocation of the Razzmatazz coneflower
Also a new cheap arbor was put up to replace an old one which
had rusted through and broken. I replaced it with a cheap one
for this year in hopes that I better vinyl one will be in the budget
possibly next year. Cheap was the word for it because two prongs
broke from it while I was trying to get it down into the hard dry clay.
It might not have cost much but still as the saying goes "they
just don't make them like they use to" applied for that one.
Grass seed was sown for some new grass to replace the
torn up soil in the back yard after a good raking and picking up
of rocks, broken pieces of tile and sticks. So projects were
getting done and though tired it was wonderful to be outdoors
in the beautiful sunshine. We flowers need our sunshine you know :-)
I also put out a hummingbird feeder because some of you had
reported spotting them and after seeing my second butterfly
I wondered what they were eating so early. Maybe it will help
them if they cannot find anything else.
I noticed that everything is now really starting to grow around
here and with some rain coming in it will help everything.
Cannot believe that we are dry now with all of the rain, ice
and snow we had this winter. The March winds are drying out
the soil fast.
Some things that are really starting to grow now besides the
daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are:
Stella de Oro Lillies are starting to come up.
Stachy's Lanata "Lambs Ear" is getting wooly again.
Brunnera "Jack Frost" is getting its little heart shaped leaves.
Balloon Flowers are getting new growth.
And I do not remember planting a variegated leaf tulip.
I did not see a bud yet so it may be all foliage but it has
me scratching my head. Confusion is not something new
for me on most days though :-)