I went outside this week to do some garden browsing and perhaps take a photo or two in order to show just how brown and depressing the garden is at present.
And then I noticed these little guys blooming in the shade garden. What a mood lifter!
Aren't they sweet?
Since the gardening catalogs are coming willy nilly in the mail I decided to peruse one or two for some plant ideas. Park Seed has always been an agreeable read, along with my old standby Thompson and Morgan. I came up with a new wish list for this year, and tried to keep it within reason. Kim and I have managed to save some money towards this year's gardening season which will include buying TWO! new pairs of garden shears, fertilizer, and mushroom compost from Zamzow's. There should be enough left for a modest trip to our local greenhouse, Edwards.
So, my 2009 Garden Wish List;
1. Caladium 'Carolyn Whorton' - our shade garden needs some perking up. I think these bulbs would fill the bill.
2. Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata 'London Grove Blue')
Mmmmmmmm.......so pretty. At 8-10" they would fit nicely into my Moongarden which I'm trying to expand beyond only white with pink and blue.
3. Hardy Geranium 'Starman'
Another Moongarden candidate. Small, tidy plants, 12" tall. Needing some pink along with the blue.
4. Aster 'Alma Potschke'
I can never find this plant locally. Maybe I need to look harder. "Magenta-pink blooms over a long, lovely late season in the sunny garden. Thriving even in heavy clay soils." At 34-40" and zone 3-8, I need this plant.
5. Red Bishop's Hat (Epimedium x rubrum)
Perfect for growing under our Globe Willow tree in the front garden. "Thrives in the dry shade beneath trees."
And three more for the shade garden -
6. Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash'
"Large, silver-splashed leaves with clusters of raspberry-red blooms in spring. Resistant to powdery mildew and to slugs."
7. Bleeding Heart 'Gold Heart'
Yes, we have a bleeding heart plant, or two, but one is growing old and needs replacing. I like the gold leaves on this one.
8. Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Big filler is what we need in the shade garden. With 2-foot leaves and at 3' for the plant, this could fill the bill.
And one plant just for fun;
9. Baby Lilac Shrub (Leptodermis oblonga)
"1-inch lavender flowers with a fragrance similar to lilacs smother this compact shrub from late spring till frost. Need no pruning, are drought resistant." Zone 5-8, height 2'. I could fit a couple of these, at least, into my perennial beds. Bluestone Perennials calls it a "blooming machine". Nice.
So, what's on your wish list this year?