Friday, April 23, 2010

More Cool Plant Purchases!

I’ve been having the time of my life this past week, picking up pretty plants, taking them home and adding them to my (no longer completely empty) garden. Since we moved here last June, I’ve been planning for this by researching about plants and learning as much as I can about them. And by putting some money aside a little at a time to create a garden budget that I can work comfortably with. Well, all that work is now paying off nicely. My main focus is perennials because of their long term investment potential. Not only will many of them last for many, many years, but a lot of them will make babies that I can share with other gardening friends (that means you, Joy!) and that I'll be able to transplant to other areas of the garden.

So, what’s new this time?

Well, these four plants below...

1) Phlox ‘Drummond Pink’



According to the tag, this is a new plant, which doesn’t mean very much to me since I haven’t grown any type of phlox before and haven’t gardened outdoors for over a decade. Still, I thought I’d mention it. Also according to the plant’s tag, I should be expecting brilliant pink flowers with dark, pink centers on narrow, dark green foliage. Sounds good to me.

I bought two of them and added both to the new flower bed.


This is what the new area looks like so far.


2) Hemerocallis ‘Little Grapette’


There was no way I could resist this pretty daylily with its grape-purple petals. I can’t wait to see it in bloom.

I added it to the front of the house, at the corner of the planting area, where it can receive some sun.


3) Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’


I have never seen this plant before; it is stunning. It’s supposed to make some pretty flowers, but I’d be happy with the foliage alone.


I added it to the front of the house where there’s minimal sun since it prefers shade, and because I want to show it off to the neighbourhood.

2) Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’



‘Jack Frost’ is the highlight of my week. I can’t believe I found this plant that I adore. It has the most stunning foliage, and it’s perfect for those shady locations. I bought two and added them both to the front of the house.

This is what that area looks like with the new plants:



It’s obviously in need of a lot more plants, but with the three hostas starting to grow (I planted them last year) and some bulbs I picked up a few weeks ago that I’ll be adding in a couple of weeks, it will slowly fill up.

And if that’s not enough, I’m going to have to force myself to drive over to a gardening center to pick up more plants. I won’t enjoy it, of course.

[grin]

8 comments:

  1. Yes! Pulmonaria! I actually have 'Raspberry Splash;' it's one of the plants that I bought for the house last spring, and the only one that did even remotely well. I keep meaning to post about the flowers, but there are so many other things happening now that it's hard. But you'll like them.

    Just don't handle them too much, at least not with ungloved hands -- the leaves are sort of mildly prickly. Which you probably already know by now.

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  2. Lovely plants, Martha. I really like the Jack Frost plant with that gorgeous foliage together with the pulmonaria. And I've always been partial to phlox. So easy to grow for amateurs like me and it blooms for a very long time.

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  3. I love the Jack Frost too - very unique leaves. I spent the winter being all excited about all the flowers I'll plant.... but then went ahead and spent ALL my money on more veggies. This year I'll be doing maters, cukes, peas (this weekend!), carrots, radishes, zucchini, strawberries and raspberries. It seems like if you can't eat it... I'm only interested from afar. :)

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  4. I'm so happy to hear that Mr. S. I've never seen a Pulmonaria before, but I couldn't resist; it's so cool-looking. And I love unique foliage more than anything else. I was so thrilled when I found this plant that I wanted to do the happy dance while at Home Depot. I didn't, but I sure came close.

    Yup, I already know about the mildly prickly feeling of the leaves. Found out the day I bought the plant - the hard way, of course :)

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    Thanks, Beth; I love Jack Frost too. I have no idea about anything I'm buying; I'm experimenting. I will learn by the end of this gardening season what I like and don't like, and maybe which are better performers than others. And although I do take into consideration what other gardeners have to say about plants they've grown, I need to see for myself. We'll just have to see what happens. It'll be fun, no matter what.

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    Tatiana, this year is all about flowers for me. I don't think I'll get a chance to get to the veggies. I might have to leave it for next year, which is not bad because I'll have a new project for the next gardening season. I did dip a toe in the food side, though; I planted three fruit bushes (raspberry, blueberry and blackberry), which I'll post about this weekend. They're not really bushes right now; more like twigs, but still. It's a start. And this weekend, I'll be heading to the garden center for strawberries as well. I won't be seeing any berries this year but I need to get started if I'm ever going to see any. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'll learn. It'll be fun - and educational!

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  5. Good job! I love your colour choices...and I love that bird bath! I look forward to watching your gardens progress.

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  6. Looks like some great additions. Isn't planting a garden fun? I had a fun time blowing through all of my winter plant savings ($5 here, $10 there - it adds up!) a few weeks ago, too. Thanks for picking my post on blotanical. Nice to "meet" you!
    Kelly

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  7. Martha .. can you believe it took me this long before I figured it out .. maybe my brains fell out of my ears while I have been in the garden ? or on the road chasing more plants down ? haha .. I don't have that phlox or Little Grapette ! or the pulmonaria .. yippeee !
    Joy : )

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  8. Thanks nancybond, I love that birdbath too! And please stop by now and then to see the progression of the garden; it's going to fill up eventually!

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    Kelly, I love getting out there and digging in the dirt. It's been a lot of fun bringing home plants to add to the garden. Nice to meet you, too!

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    AHA! I knew I'd eventually get you, Joy; I knew that sooner or later I'd pick up something that you don't have! So don't get these plants; eventually my new garden babies will make babies and I can share them with you. Yippee is right! Now I can do the happy dance :)

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