Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another Pest to Worry About

My daughter pointed out that something was eating my trough plants.

Climate change has resulted in new pests in the area.

Must read up on Integrated Pest Management.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May Bliss

I love this week in the garden.  Every May it happens.  The roses, the peonies, the ninebark, the blue garage...I feel so lucky that this is our garden.

This is the path past the garage and up to the house.  The irises and honeysuckle and roses screen a really ugly yard next door (they mowed ONCE last summer).  The hypertufa bowls await a lift to their new home in upstate New York.

This trough grows in the shade of the fence.  The silene vallesia is gorgeous in its moment (center).  The lychnis flos-cuculi 'Nana' on the right is not so nana obviously.  The tag said 4" high.  This was about 24" high when it bloomed.  I evicted it today and put a tasteful sedum makinoi 'Ogon' in its spot.  The lychnis will be happier in the ground.

A little shade trough with 4 mini hostas and a small bergenia.

 Kalmia latifolia 'Minuet'

 Phlomis tuberosa

Allium schubertii

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Trough Explosion

The troughs on our deck are exploding with color and texture. I particularly like this grouping right now.

 silene caroliniana

saponaria oxymoides

pulsatilla vulgaris, pasqueflower

blue sedum sieboldii in front of the saponaria 

And speaking of troughs, thanks to everyone who was so complimentary and generous at the Frelinghuysen plant sale last weekend.  I sold a bunch of troughs at the sale and got to talk endlessly about making them, planting them, and caring for them.  My driveway is almost empty of planters now, but I did hold a few troughs back to plant for myself.  The forecast for Saturday is sunny with a 100% chance of gardening.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Scandinavian Family Portrait

Oslo trough (left), Helsinki trough (right) and Copenhagen trough (center).  They were inspired by Aalto glassware, geodes, and the Guggenheim Museum, believe it or not.

Lots of all three for sale this weekend at the plant sale at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ.