Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Perennial Bed

Sunday's picture taken Saturday afternoon.

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The next few weeks should be interesting as the temperatures start to climb.

Anise Hyssop "Golden Jubilee" has returned.
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The ornamental grasses are putting out new growth.
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The knockout roses are leafing out again.
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Shasta daisies divided and transplanted in December are multiplying again.
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The transplanted echinacea looks healthy.
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Wintersown Dianthus "Sweet William" is hanging on strong even as temperatures have dipped well below freezing.
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It's 41 degrees and overcast. A light rain passed through early this morning.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Yeah! You have signs of life in your yard. Someone should. It looks nice. Still covered in snow here in Idaho. I must ask, how do you keep up on the weeding, I didn't see any but also no weed cloth. My yard would be overrun.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

There are lots of weeds here and there. The beds are fairly new though. I used the lasagna bed method last fall/summer. There's a link in the "Useful Links" section on the right hand side. Newspaper and cardboard over the grass with leaf mold and wood bark over the top. I put between 6 and 8 inches of material over the newspaper last year.

When weeds do sprout, they easily pull out of the soft leaf mold.

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

Looks like it's all coming along nicely. It's so windy today isn't it? I do see that your plants are slightly further along than mine but that would make sense with me being a bit north of you here in NC.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Wow your hyssop really is coming up. Mine have just barely started to peak out. Hope your weather stays warm.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Anna, we're a bit of a microclimate out here with the hills and the lakes. A few cold days don't make a big difference in average temperatures. Plus, the black leaf mold really helps move things along. Also needs more water in the summer than "regular" dirt. I'm almost a zone 8 by most accounts.

Catherine, when that plant died down this past December, I thought it was a goner. We had so much rain. I'm glad to see it's coming back. I hope it reseeded as much as I think it should. I scattered seeds all around it this fall. I also wintersowed 2 containers just in case. It's a great plant to bring in the pollinators. And it smells great with lime green foliage and purple flowers.