Garden Update!

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I finally scavenged some stone to use as stepping stones! Someone I know was getting rid of some limestone slabs, so naturally I had to take them!  I’m sure having these giant slabs of lime sitting around the garden will really help with my high pH problems (sarcasm alert!), but they looked too good to pass up. Now if only the plants would grow so I could see them with the new path… and yes, before anyone asks, I will be partially burying them to hide the right angles and soften the overall effect

Oh jeeze

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You know home depot…if you have to move giant piles of snow to set up our outdoor nursery it’s probably too early to set up your outdoor nursery. Also if it’s still dropping into the teens at night… not good either.  ::sigh::

Spoke too soon…

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I guess Mother Nature didn’t want us to see bare ground after all…

The Thaw Is Starting!

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For the first time since December we have bare ground!!!

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (I Remembered!!!)

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DSC01883  I don’t REALLY have much blooming in my house so I thought I’d show off the two arrangements I made for Valentines Day, and the Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’ and Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’ that I recently acquired cuz OMG FLOWERSSSSSS!

 

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These two pictures are of my true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) that I got from Mr. Subjunctive in a plant trade a couple of years ago.  This is the first year it has bloomed for me, and I’ve had a fairly constant stream of blooms since the first one about a month ago.  At the moment there are about 7 blooms on it.  Yay flowers!

 

I know it’s not much but it’s better than nothing!  Plus all the cut flowers are making things feel somewhat tropical and lord knows how badly we can use that here!

 

For more Garden Blooms check out May Dreams Gardens!

Something From The Yard

1901770_10104232847007600_855468273_n It’s been a long time since I posted any mention of the yard so I figured I’d post the one (single, lonely, only) plant that has anything resembling winter interest at the moment.  It’s Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’.  The silvery needles look so nice contrasting with the embarrassingly ugly green fence behind it.  I love how they’re curled as well, it gives another texture to the garden that I wouldn’t have otherwise.  The plant is still a baby so it’s kind of awkward but as they grow they get a really nice layered pyramidal look so I can’t wait to see it in about 10 years!

1017412_10104232846214190_1761689166_n One plant that will not be making the cut is my variegated Thujopsis dolbrata.  It was gorgeous all summer but I have no time for a plant that’s going to brown up and look like a dog took a giant dump in the middle of my back yard for the entire winter.  I’m not even sure it will survive the winter anyways.  In the mean time I came across an Abies procera ‘Glauca prostrata’ that I’m going to replace it with (assuming that survives the winter in my garage).

I’m so over this winter by the way.  We’ve had 5 feet of snow so far and it’s just cold.  Stupid cold.  So cold that -13 doesn’t sound like that ridiculous of a morning temperature because that’s what it is about twice a week.  Thankfully we have all that snow otherwise I’m betting I’d lose quite a few plants this winter.  Aside from the Thujopsis and a bamboo (Fargesia rufa that I planted way too late in the season) all my big plants look like they’re gonna make it just fine though, so I’m happy.  Actually I’m kind of happy the Thujopsis is going because it was just too busy looking anyways.  I’m not even sure the bamboo is dead because so much of it is under the snow, for all I know it could still be green.  Oh wait, I forgot about that zone 7 variegated Rhododendron I planted, I’m sure that’s dead too (but I don’t know for sure because its under a giant mound of leaves and snow). Then again I bought that to be used as an annual filler so I don’t really care if that dies either (yay cheap pretty things from home depot!).

And now for planty goodness!

And now for the pictures of my trip to the Huntington Garden!

First Batch of Pictures!

I present you with the first batch of pictures from my trip.  These are mostly buildings and city scenes.  Tomorrow I’ll post the pictures from Huntington Gardens so you can get your dose of planty goodness.  I think the pictures speak for themselves but feel free to leave a comment about something if you want me to elaborate!

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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I’m pretty sure this is Sandia Peak? It’s nice to see the hills starting to get a few more trees/shrubs/greenery on them…the Southwest is nice but I really miss greenery right now (cuz you know… Chicago is famous for its winter greenery…oh wait it’s not).  Onward and upward!

One last picture before the train

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I’m boarding a train shortly to head back to the midwest so I figured I should post one last shot. This is mission San Juan Capistrano in southern California. After this it’s 2 days of train ride through the desert and great plains.  We’ll go through Flagstaff, Albuquerque….and pretty much no other cities.  Sometimes I forget how empty the west is.  Eeeeee I’m so excited!  Also, just to keep things planty, I did manage to get a Camellia plant that I’m taking home in my bags hehe

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