But of course the new additions of note are the plants.
|Image Courtesy of Antique Rose Emporium|
I have added another antique rose to my collection. Rosa "Ballerina," which is a single with appleblossom like flowers, and a heavy repeat bloomer. Or so they say. Also a nice fragrance. It is a hybrid musk from 1937, chosen because it is not in a full sunlight situation. It will get about 4 hours of direct sun, and another 5-6 of very bright indirect/reflective sun. I'll be keeping you updated on how this 'shade tolerant' varietal does.
I purchased 2 additional Blue Storm Agapanthus to join the other 3 clumps I already have. This varietal is shorter, by a good foot than the ones I dug and replanted from my Mom's garden, though it is the same traditional color. I have had good success with getting these to bloom profusely and immediately, and I do it by literally planting them directly beside each other with zero 'room'. Works like a charm. Some times indeed you should listen to your mother.
I couldn't help but buy this tiny miniature rose from Lowe's with its perfect pink color. It was labeled as 'Rosa'. I can't tell you how obnoxious that is to me. Come on now, you are telling me the person who planted this rose didn't know what type it was? I will probably have to spend the next 20 years trying to figure out what it is. I guess this is their solution to their terrible mislabeling of plants! Before long everything there will just be labeled "Plant" or "Your guess is as good as mine."
I have bought two more urn style pots to plant the remaining $2.25 knockout roses I was able to acquire last November! (4 gallon sized roses for 9 bucks, steal of the century). They are already blooming in their nursery pots they've been stranded in since last year. I am really bad about this. Its amazing that I actually don't kill stuff more often. I know this whole urn potted rose thing works because I have a red knockout from last year that managed to become a 4 foot tall bush in one. Knockout Roses are tough as nails and would probably qualify as a weed if people didn't like them so much. They'll grow in anything!
After last years crazy tropical look in the shade corner, I'm going to try for a little different look this year, and acquired a couple of double impatiens to make the area a little less tropical looking. It was cool and different but really not my cup of tea, particularly set against the sunny rest of the garden. I'm not sure what else I'm going to do with this section... particularly if the persian shields come back. And they might, it wasn't a particularly cold winter here.
As an aside, guess who I saw out today?? My little guy doesn't get sun at all til mid February due to the massive garage next door and the angle of the sun. Now he's in the sun full time but my guess is he's going to be a few weeks later than your average Lady Banks.