What’s up, buds?
“Not much, really, just getting ready to spring…”
Buds are starting to burst in almost every plant and shrub in my garden, thanks to the mild temperatures we are having these latter days. The amelanchiers (above) are setting blooms instead of leaves and I’m really looking forward to tasting their beautiful little fruits in a few months. I was afraid I planted these three serviceberries on the gravel garden (ok still no gravel on it but I’ll provide soon), totally south facing, while they are not very drought tolerant but at the end they seem to be happy, I hope they set deep roots.
Not so far the first narcissus are starting to unfold calmly their first petals. I think they might be ‘February Gold’ – hey guys february has long gone now, so let’s make a move, ok? – . I’ve planted so many narcissus varieties last winter, I don’t even remember what I put where but I’ve made a file with pics to help me recognize them as far as they flower (I’m actually wandering around the garden, consulting my iPhone and trying to make a guess on them, like doctors on morning visits…).
The only things I actually have in bloom are the six osmanthus x burkwoodii which will become soon the six cube-shaped osmanthus in a new bed I’m working on. The scent is pretty good: sweet and citrus.
Allium aflatunense break the soil like a little green shuttle, then enlarge its grey green leaves to set at the end a nice round explosion of little stars. I just love it and it is one of the few reliable (rather) big flowering alliums for heavy soils. I planted a mix of 10 a. aflatunense and 10 a. aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’, I hope they will put on a good show next to iris pallida in maybe May. Weeds are growing pretty good too, aren’t they?
In the rose garden there’s still a lot to do this year but at least most of the roses are alive, and some of them stopped dying, let’s wait and see. I had problems mostly with the chinese roses, while hybrids rugosa and hybrids spinosissima, which always look pretty dead in winter, are now producing green buds and tiny little leaves like mad! (the one in the picture is hybr. rugosa Sarah Van Fleet)
Rudy was processing a new bed in the grass garden, this morning. He suggests Dahlia ‘Chat noir’, white gaura and some feathery grass, maybe an orange crocosmia to break the sight… I told him to put it on paper before he forgets.
Speaking of the grass garden the first plant to overgrow the winter chopping is calamagrostis brachytricha, quite odd as it is one of the last to bloom. I planted also calamagrostis brachytricha ‘Corea’ last year which looks pretty bad now, I guess it didn’t make it.
Here with wooden chips and the dried grass, weeds are discouraged, except for that dandelion which I’m going to eat raw tonight, root included.
The sedum spot is growing pretty good this year. There is more than 1 square meter planted with sedum Xenox, s. Matrona (above) and another unknown sedum, all the plants are cuttings, sedums are very easy from cuttings I may take more and more this year.
Finally Ale gave me my birthday present (29th January…): he bothered about the new iPad and an old rusty fountain for more than a month, then at the end he did the right choice: