Archive for March, 2011

Luck, loss, plus lawns

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 Posted in Agave celsii, lawns, native plants, poppies | 10 Comments »

For years, I struggled to get poppies to come up. Don’t know the magic formula, but now I have them, even in the grass. In the beds, some returned from last year, but I scratched in a few safety seeds ...

Garden drama queens, big & small

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 Posted in bulbs, roses | 10 Comments »

Drama queen of the week: Lady Banks rose.  The Buff Beauty and New Dawn roses framing it on the arbor to the cat cove will soon catch up. This is not a rose for the timid. But it’s an excellent one if ...

Patience pays off; bizarre mountain laurel!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 Posted in bulbs, fruit trees, pruning | 29 Comments »

Gardening can be like recording TV shows:  “Hurry up and wait.” I hate the waiting part.  But since the thryallis woke up for sure, I won’t wait any longer to trim it up this weekend. I'm glad that I didn't ...

Navigating new “plantforms”

Friday, March 11th, 2011 Posted in bulbs | 12 Comments »

Like computer problems, the more glitches you get, the more you learn.  Ditto for gardening: every disaster teaches something new, especially when weather sends us an error message on the new "plantform"  that we can't resist. Well, we wouldn’t be ...