Saturday, February 10, 2018

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

 A new Iris for me this year . I think I'll plant all the small bulbs , like these dwarf  Iris and  crocus in gravel along the paths . That way I don't have to do so much early clearing up to find them all smothered under dead planting.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Out about in the garden...

A few mild/dry days , and  I was out clearing up and hacking back as much as would fill the yard debris bin , plus a bit more. Like all this spindly and dead bamboo from the stock tank . I also cut back Salix Purpurea  and the Cotinus  and everything else that got in my way.

The shade garden got a good going over . Sometime soon I'm going to lift and divide all the clumps of dwarf  Mundo grass  and the black .  I cut the big  Vitex 'silver spears' down to the ground again this year ( It was sticking out on the leftt side of the path)  , last year it quickly grow back , but a little less huge , so I could walk past it . 

Found more Irises 

Hammamelis 'primavera' once again only has a few blooms on the lower branches , I think it's the dry location , so lots more water this summer.

First almost blooming Polygala chamaebuxus .

A couple more Crocus hidden under over grown shrubs 

Viburnum x bodnantese 'Charles Lamont ' is only small right now , but it's will be  lovely  as it grows and blooms in late winter . 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Late January blooming bulbs

Just one blooming January bulb ... just made  it!  My super market Mini Iris pots I always pop into the garden   . They must be blooming  early , I haven't even seem them in the super market yet .

 Crocus chryanthus 'cream beauty' are  always the first to bloom in February .
I had to get out and clear up a area or I'll never see any bulbs this year .  Sometimes I run  the mulch mover over the lot. This really needs some going over , as in grabbing and just tugging out as much as I can get of those pesky self seeders.
This will take quite a few sessions ....

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A few things in January

I spent very little time in the January garden , I just can not make myself go out in the  wet , gray and cold . It's all very mucky and squelchy anyway .                                                                                                                                                                      

 I have noticed  several broken pots . Even my Bonzai pot took a hit !

Maybe the figs trees  need to go into some of the stock tanks, but then I'd have the problem of somehow getting the bamboo out.

 I found a lovely fat Rose hip while poking around.

I did have a good clearing around the big Sacchararum Ravenna grass . Out came the the old Lavender , everything else got cut back.  I'm  thinking  of leaving  it more open this year . I say that ...then  all the self-seeders start  popping up.. 

This was planted last summer,  it's only tiny , I think it's Leucothoe fontanesiana .

One of my favorites....Chamaecyparis thyolde 'Heatherbun''

Euphorbia 'Blackbird ' 

Lots of early buds on the Honeysuckle this year .
Now for a nice stretch of dry sunny days for a good February tidy up...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jelena and Diane

Hamamelis 'Jelena' and 'Diane' seem to be the first to bloom in January . I missed  them  for a few days , because it was so rainy out .
The sun is out these last few days , and I've had a chance to clear some of the worst of the  mucky stuff up ...that means you Japanese Anemone !