Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Those Effing Rabbits!! Decapitated Dusseldorf Pride

I'm seeing red, I'm steaming right now! I feel powerless against them, and yet I'm forced to slowly watch them devour my garden bit by bit. Every morning I wake up and enjoy a cup of coffee outside in the cool spring air and I inspect my garden, only to find teeth marks and decapitated flowers. I think it's all just the same rabbit. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I blame my neighbors for not planting anything. Nothing! My back yard is a beacon of deliciousness. Can you blame the rabbits? They would be happy to come from all corners of the neighborhood to feast on my tasty variety of offerings - when what is the alternative? Overgrown juniper bushes and crooked solar powered LED lights? I probably sound like a huge garden snob right now but I don't care, I'm a target.

Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorf Pride' rabbit damage
Rabbits decapitated every last flower on my Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorf Pride'
dianthus rabbit damage
My EverLast Lavender Lace Dianthus 'KLEDG13146' wasn't safe, they systematically stripped every flower from 3 plants side by side, working their way down the row.
rabbit damage asterrabbit damage false indigo

lily tiny pearl rabbit damage
Now it's personal, you don't mess with the perfect radial symmetry of my 'Tiny Pearl' lily

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lots of New Additions! Lavender Lace, Frozen Margarita, Tiny Shadow, and Bloomerang

Here are some new additions! I got 4 of these EverLast Lavender Lace Dianthus 'KLEDG13146' as a backup plan when Lowe's was out of Drummond's Pink phlox. I figured I could make a sort of back row to my tiny arborvitae bed, but it looked too crowded so I moved them to the larger back bed and now I'm in love.

Dianthus 'KLEDG13146'
Set of three Dianthus 'KLEDG13146' Lavender Lace
I ended up buying some Drummond's Pink phlox on Etsy trying to match the exact color and species. Okay, so Drummond's Pink should be the exact same DNA as the one on sale in Lowe's right? Ummm... someone's playing me because these do not look like the same color at all... so who was mistaken? Maybe it's because they were in a box for 4 days, maybe they will perk up and change color. I guess we'll see! I won't name nursery and bash them. Worst case scenario, they are slightly different and the story makes it onto my garden tour as a fun fact, lol.

Mail order Drummond's Pink phlox looks slightly off but I guess we'll see if it grows in correctly

Update 4/30/16: Sure enough, after being out of the box for several days, the colors actually changed! Hey what do you know, color changing phlox! I'm glad I didn't leave a nasty review on Etsy because these are indeed Drummond's Pink.

phlox color after shipping

Let's see, next up is Hosta 'Frozen Margarita' (who comes up with these names?) It's got white margins similar to Patriot, but it's supposed to be a very shiny leaf. Whenever there is a hosta on the sale table I jump on it, because it turns into multiple divisions and you never have to buy that variety again. $3 for this one, down from $9.

hosta frozen margarita
Hosta 'Frozen Margarita' from the sale bin for $3
I also got another Japanese Andromeda 'Passion' from the sale table for $3 (what a deal!) and Chris picked out a lily for his growing lily collection (full price) this one is called Tiny Shadow and it's super interesting looking! Can't wait for it to bloom.

lily collection
Started losing track of all all these 'tiny' lilies so this is my lily collection map
Ok and here is the grand finale, it's the plant we've all been waiting for, it's a Bloomerang reblooming purple lilac!

backyard bed with toolsbloomerang lilac tree form

digging in clay soil

I had to be careful not to step on any of my other plants as I carved out a hole in the exact center of my special clearing. My 3 foot by 3 foot space has been waiting for this for over a year!

I dug down a little more than 2 feet and added some pea gravel to the bottom, then a half bag of top soil, then stuck the root ball on top and used an entire 2nd bag of top soil all around the root ball. It ended up a couple inches over the lip of the hole, which was perfect since lilac don't like wet feet. I think it's going to do really well here! I'm really happy with it!

Syringa x 'Penda' bloomerang

Syringa x 'Penda' bloomerang
Syringa x 'Penda' on a standard
I triple checked the trunk to make sure it was straight and how I liked it, I just hope it doesn't blow over because we are expecting 3 days of rain and thunderstorms.

Shenandoah and Japanese Forest Grass Cold Damage

When I was covering up my plants for an April snow dusting, I didn't think the cold would affect my Shenandoah switch grass at all. I covered my new Japanese forest grass, but even with a cover it still got some cold damage. Cold damage on these grasses causes the leaves to shrivel into long thing swirls - it's actually kind of attractive if it weren't such a bad sign.

Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' cold damage and shriveled leaves
I also realized that this Japanese forest grass 'All Gold' is very much all gold, the leaves are solid neon green and very bright. My other Japanese forest grass has variegated leaves - it will be nice to compare the two when the smaller one finally makes a comeback from the rabbits.

Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'

april snow plants
Using buckets to cover my plants during an April cold snap

Cold damage on Shenandoah switch grass
Cold damage on Shenandoah switch grass

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