Monday, February 23, 2009


There are some days when I just don't feel like gardening. And unfortunately today is one of them. Maybe it's because I know what really needs to be done isn't the fun stuff. Why do I have to spread mulch when I'd rather spread seeds, or plant more flowers. So to avoid all of it I just shot some photos.

Today's post was going to be more shots from the NW Flower & Garden Show but instead I'm sharing a bit of what's going on in my gardens. It's nothing too extravagant, but at least something is happening out there. The warm temperatures are starting to coax some things out of hibernation but it's a slow process. Here's the Cedrus Deodara "Cream Puff" I brought home earlier this month and skirted with some rocks and primroses. I'm trying to decide what to plant beneath it more permanently: groundcovers, hostas, ferns. The list is endless.

For color in the garden right now, I'm relying heavily on the primroses I planted a couple weekends ago. There's also some return crocus springing up in the front yard. These deep purple flowers were planted by a previous owner so it's always a sweet surprise when they pop up in unexpected places. Meanwhile, I've added my own in back and have more to plant.

Yes, more Hellebore shots. I'm really trying to see how things look in there because I'd like to try collecting seeds and starting my own. If you've followed this blog for awhile, you know the price of these winter beauties just kills me! Many people have said they're easy to propagate and sometimes reseed themselves (no evidence of that here, however).

I spotted more Lupine making its way skyward. I love the foliage on these plants, therefore I've given it a free for all in the front garden. I'll need to collect seeds this season and replace what was likely lost in the backyard during the renovation.

And another feathered friend to add to the list ... as soon as I know what it is.
UPDATE: Thanks to Catherine at A Gardener in Progress and that lovely little site BirdWeb, I'm going with Song Sparrow. If anyone knows better, please share.

Not to be ignored are all the seedlings taking over inside the home. You know how they say plant more because not all will germinate? Riiiight! Well, I guess that's true of onions and such, but all the beets, peas, beans and sunflowers are happily shooting up, up and up. I'm waiting for consistently warmer evening temps and sets of second leaves before I thrust them outside. Oh boy would a greenhouse be handy right now.


Darla said...

Great post and thank you so much for showing your Lupine seedling. I planted Larkspur, Lupine and Foxglove around a tree, they are all coming up but I hadn't a clue which is what. Do you know much about these flowers? This is my first year with them, HELP!

Becca's Dirt said...

Looks like your garden is off to a good start. Pretty "cream puff". Good luck with the seeds

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It seems like overnight the plants have grown. I was surprised to find flowers that weren't there yesterday. Your little bird is cute Here's a pretty good site to help Id him. He looks like maybe a sparrow of some sort. said...

The seedlings look great, your off to a great start.

Gardeness said...

Darla: Thanks for visiting. Glad the Lupine pic helped you out. They're really easy plants. Mine get about 4 feet tall, although there are shorter varieties. If I recall, I usually have two rounds of flowers, the second coming on shorter stalks. The reseed like mad, which doesn't bother me. Most of mine are on the east side of the house, so lots of morning and midday sun, then shade in late afternoon. I wasn't diligent about watering and they didn't mind. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

Becca: Thanks for stopping by, and for following. Blogger is acting up and I've disappeared from all the sites I follow.

Catherine: I know! I woke to tomato seedlings where there weren't any yesterday. Thanks for the link, too. It will come in quite handy.

Notsocrafty: Welcome, thanks for checking out my site. I've been enjoying yours, too.

bobbie said...

Your photos are beautiful. And your seedlings are amazing. Wish I had a place where I COLD start things indoors.

Grace Peterson said...

Your seedlings do hold a lot of promise. I've so far been unsuccessful with hellebore seedlings too. There must be some secret that we're missing. I love lupine foliage too.

It rained cats and dogs all morning. Now the sun is shining and it's warmer than it's been--good gardening weather but pretty muddy.

Gardeness said...

Bobbi: Welcome and thanks for visiting. That otter pic on your blog is cute. My seedlings are spread all over the place, so I too wish I had a place!

Grace: I determined to get something out of those hellebores! Do you have lupine, I could send you seeds later this summer when they're ready to pop. Oh, and we're getting that rain now. Crazy downpour.

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

Hi Melanthia, lovely seedlings, lupines are wonderful plants. I was wondering about this Hellebore thing, as in my garden in Sweden, they self-seeded copiously and I always had hundreds of small plats to move into new places. So I transferred them under the lilac hedge, under all deciduous shrubs etc, and also provided my friends with many pots of healthy little plants. Maybe they need cold to germinate? Their seed need to be sown ripe, but not totally dry (another thing I did was to pick seedpods and bury them directly where I wanted them to grow). The first year you don't see much, but just like peonies (which Hellebores are closely related to), the second year you have a cute little plant, and it takes up to 5-7 years for them to flower. Hopefully you get some success with these, as they really are beautiful plants!

Genevieve said...

Beautiful photos. I particularly love the lupine coming up.

Gardeness said...

Liisa: Thanks for that information! That's very helpful in my mission.

Genevieve: Thanks for visiting! They are sweet when they come up. I think I've got another one emerging elsewhere in the garden but it hasn't opened so it just looks like a fuzzy fist.

Karen said...

Oh, lupines remind me so much of Maine. Have you seen them there? They are copious! Also Monty Python, "Your lupines, or your life!" :) Love the primmies around your new conifer. They sure do brighten up the world for us right now!

Frances said...

Hi Melanthia, what a lovely tree, the little cedar. I vote for ferns, one can never have enough ferns in my book. The primroses are like little gems around it. Looking at your hellebore, it doesn't look like my H. orientalis in the center. I wanted to tell you that I have never gotten the millions of seeds of mine to germinate, but once I mulched around the flowering sized plants there began to sprout little babies around those plants. My local nursery owner said they need two years of stratification to germinate. I even tried that with the garage fridge, still no luck. Yet there are so many babies around every flowering sized plant, but I wanted the dark flower ones and finally just bought a couple in bloom. Hope for dark flowered babies in a couple of years. Not feeling like gardening? Maybe today you will. I look forward to the ground thawing so mulch can be spread, I love doing that. HA

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi, your spring blooms are looking really nice and so are your seedlings. I know what you mean by that they are taking over the place :-) but I love it.


My Mother's Garden said...

All of your seedlings look so stout and healthy. I have always loved primrose flowers, but I'm sad to say they don't grow in my area, they just look like sweet happy flowers to me. Thanks for the visit to my 'mystery plant' post, I highly recommend the clarkia plant.It really is pretty.

Happy mulching and planting!


Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Those are some great looking seedlings. I am still looking at snow in my yard but spring is on the way, I just know it. Nice close ups.

inadvertent farmer said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that puts off her less than favorite garden chores. Yes spreading seeds is much more fun than spreading manure!!!

Lovely photos, they make me smile, especially the little seedlings!

And yes come visit Gizmo anytime you like! Kim

Gardeness said...

Frances: I definitely want more ferns out front. Disappointing news about the Hellebore seeds, but at least it would be an experiment to keep me busy. Today's it's raining so no outside work for me!

Karen: Never been to Maine but have always wanted to go. I admit it's also because I was a Murder She Wrote fan.

Tyra: Welcome! You have many many blogs. It looks like you too have a good start on seeds. I love the box you have all your supplies in, too.

Karrita: Thanks for visiting. I've already added Clarkia to the list. It is a lovely plant, lucky you!

Iowa Gardening Woman: Hello! Hope your snow goes away soon. We have rain, possibly all this week. Is your Shooting Star Hoya still blooming? That is a cool plant. I like your bottle tree, too. My little guy would love all the colors.

Kim: A compliment coming from you and all your lovely photos. I just may take you up on your offer of a farm visit, too!

Cathy said...

Beautiful photos

RainGardener said...

Gardeness, thank you so much for visiting my site - I really appreciate it.
Your flowers are really popping up and nice to look at. You take fantastic close up shots. I need to practice more I can see that.
We're a bit behind being a little higher so I get to enjoy everyone else's (enviously - is that a word?) until mine get here.
I'll be back. Linda