Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What's Waking Up? March 23, 2016

Here in Noblesville, Indiana I've got lots of sleepy plants just barely waking up for Spring. Here's a photo tour of what's going on... if you just glance at my yard from the sidewalk you'd miss it, but if you get down on your knees you can definitely see things happening. I'm "that guy" walking around my yard with my iPhone taking pictures of mulch...

hosta blue mouse ears
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' survived the winter after being planted later in the season last year (September). Can you see the eyes? No? It took me a little while to find them myself. Ok, I'll admit I dug down a bit to spot them and then covered them back up again to keep them warm.

wee one
'Wee One' dwarf lavender with new green on old pale blue stems

green panda fargesia rufa
Lots of new and thick looking culms growing from my 'Green Panda' bamboo Fargesia rufa

hosta patriot eyes
Hosta 'Patriot' going strong, still a good 2 weeks ahead of last year

annabelle
'Annabelle' hydrangea waking up with green coming out of plump buds. They will form new growth and bloom on new wood this summer - but I am trying something different this year by leaving more old growth above ground instead of cutting them down to the ground completely.

purple cone flower
Purple cone flower 'Prairie Splendor' by the utility boxes - this is the one that had a disease or something last year, it never formed real blooms and it got all wonky looking. I was kinda hoping it would come back normal this year if the disease died off over the winter. On second thought, based on photos, it looks like this one has Aster Yellows disease and I should rip it out before it spreads to anything else. Sorry little guy!

Leucanthemum × superbum 'Becky'
Shasta daisy Leucanthemum × superbum 'Becky' coming back after being transplanted in July

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