Thursday, May 7, 2009

Garden Update

Even with all of the rain this week I got some new plants
planted or stuck in the mud.
I had been wanting some variegated leaf tall phlox to add
to the flowerbeds because I love phlox and if they had a
variegated foliage it had to be a plus.

I purchased three 'Nora Leigh' Phlox paniculata from or Rose Franklins Perrenials & Herbs.
I was so impressed at the well established plants that came
from there in the mail and the care at which they took in packaging

I also planted some white Candytuft iberis semervirens along
the edges of the sidewalk.

I had saw a picture of Lynn's from Flower Gardening
Mahonia Oregon Grape Holly 'Mahonia aquifloium' when it was blooming
this spring and its beautiful yellow flowers. So I found them and planted two
this week in the woodland garden bed since they do well in shade.
They get grape like berries on them that the birds
will love.

Also since I had lost two rose bushes this winter, the ice
storm must have done them in or disease, one was replaced
with an ' Almost Black Rose' which I am hoping will do well
here in the flowerbed.

I had received free from an order with Springhill Gardens
a Paeonia suffruticosa 'Zhuang Yuan Hong' tree peony
so it was stuck in the mud.
With all of the rain there was no need to water the new additions
to the flowerbeds.

Update on the computer problem: My hard drive was ruined
in the old one so it was going to have to be replaced. Guess
what I received for an early Mother Day present. I was so
thrilled at the generous present. The new one runs vista so
it will take a little while for me to get use to the new bells and
whistles on it and a few old programs I had will have to be
updated but I am all set now.

Going to go with my daughter and mother up to Sugarcreek, Ohio
in Amish country this weekend. I am hoping the rain will at least
hold off so we can enjoy the sights and get some pictures.

Happy Mothers Day and Happy Gardening everyone!


Tootsie said...

what an awesome gift!!! your garden will be outstanding when all is in full bloom this summer! I am seeing a few things popping thru the soil now...can't wait till there is a little less dirt showing and more green around here!

Lynn said...

I am so glad you got the Grape Holly, they are so pretty in the spring..I have had mine for years.I hope you enjoy it!!!
And yes I did paint the house sign, thank you...

madcobug said...

Your new flowers are beautiful. Good for you getting a new computer. Helen

Darla said...

Great plant picks. Do take lots of photos and share them with us! Have fun and congrats on the early present!!

Becca's Dirt said...

I understand about the mud. You sure have nice stuff in bloom. Becca

Gail said...

I like Nora...I think she will be a good variegated addition to your garden...after 8 inches or more of rain in a long weekend...I also planted in the mud! I am going to borrow that phrase to tell the spouse when he asks what I've been doing on amy day off! gail

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Beautiful new plants. I really like the variegated phlox too!
Have lots of fun with your daughter and mother. I hope you'll share pictures of Amish country. I'd love to visit someday.

Barbarapc said...

What a thoughtful gift - have a wonderful adventure this weekend - looking forward to seeing some of your sights!

bennie and patsy said...

Happy Mother's Day to you. Your garden is just lovely.

Phoenix C. said...

Love your new header! Hope your weather gets better. It's been raining intermittently here with sun too and lovely light effects. Dry enough to get one of the lawns mowed too!!

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

Looks beautiful, Lona! Happy gardening to you :)

Kitschen Pink said...

LOVE the phlox - you're so right! The pink against the variegated leaf colour is a must have!! t.x

Anonymous said...

You always find such unique plants to put in your garden. Even with all the rain, I'm glad you found time to plant things in the mud. LOL Can't wait to hear about your trip. Hope you took photos, but I bet you did!

Stephanie said...

Dear Lona, happy Mother's day to you too. I hope you would enjoy your trip to Sugarcreek. I like the flower and foliage colour of the phlox in the first picture. The plant look so sweet :-)

Kathleen said...

I have a friend that lives near Sugarcreek Lona. I'm sure you'll have a great time. I did not know that the grape hollies bloomed? What could be wrong with mine?? They take up a whole corner along the north end of my house and not once have I seen any flowers on them. Ugh. I'm bummed now. Hope you have a sunny Mother's Day weekend.

Friko said...

hello, dear fellow gardener and nature enthusiast.

I do much of what you do in Ohio in the beautiful South Shropshire valley in the UK. Have just spent the morning tidying the debris from underneath a gorgeous silver weeping pear tree and planted silver and gold leaved heucheras.

Happy gardening, will pop in again.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Tootsie: It will be green before you know it and then you can plant all of those beautiful blooms you have in your green house.

Lynn: I know I am going to love them.Do you know if you have to have a male and female in the Grape Holly like other hollies? I got two because I was not sure but it never stated male and female.

Helen: Thanks friend now if I can get use to the vista program.

Darla: I did not get many pictures :-(

Becca: I hate to plant in the mud because of the hard old clay here but they had to be planted.

Gail: Yep, just tell him you were muddin' in plants all day. :-)

Catherine: We had a great time and it will be special since Mom has alzhimers now.

Barbara: We had a great time. We shopped till we dropped!

Patsy: We had a wonderful time. I have to catch up now on all of your postings :-)

Phoenix: It has been either mow the grass a little wet or we would be bush hogging it. Growing like crazy. Good to hear from you!

Tessa: I think they will be beautiful in the garden. Happy Gardening to you.

T. X.: So glad you dropped by. I cannot wait until they bloom.

Robin: I wanted so much to get some great pictures from up north but was not able to. We had a great time though. A memory made.

Stephanie: Thank you and thanks for dropping by.Glad you liked them also.

Kathleen: Since This is my first grape holly I cannot help you. I am sure someone will know the answer to them not blooming.

Friko: Hello, and thank you for dropping by. You live in a beautiful spot. I love taking pictures of nature, flowers, landscapes,etc, who am I kidding I will take a picture of anything :-)