Hellebore, bloodroot, bergenia, tulips, daffodil, pulminaria, wasabi, chionodoxa (blue star shaped). The scila are just now starting to bow over, and there are no signs left of the crocus.
Yesterday's OHA District 5 meeting inspired me, with topics of xeroscaping and gardening for all seasons.
He went on a bit of a rant about tulips in general. Don't arrange them like soldiers standing in a row, or toss them up in the air to plant where they land (it looks like the squirrels have been at them!). Plant them in clumps for colour and bloom season. He joked about people with the time on their hands to braid withering tulip leaves. "Don't think of them as dying plants", he said, "think of them as maturing foliage".
|Variegated Firespray tulip|
The afternoon presentation on xeroscaping was a good review of basics. Don't fight mother nature, work with her: place the right plant in the right place, compost, and mulch. If you can't resist water-loving plants, try hydro-zoning so similar plants are nestled together. Choose drought tolerant plants, which you can recognize by silver leaves that reflect the sun. They're often low-growing, fuzzy, and fragrant.
Then today it was off to the hardy plant sale at the TBG with Nicki. So crazy-busy it was hard to get close to some of the tables. I looked at a ruffled peony and was surprised by a $75 pricetag, but was told it was an excellent price. I was very tempted - but "ruffled peony" sounds a bit too high maintenance for me...