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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Garden Catalogs Arrive


My Jackson and Perkins catalog arrived today. Such beautiful roses. I saw those pinks and remembered how I planted marigolds last year and was never happy with them. I have been trying to think how I can change my gardens this year. I want to achieve something very simple that doesn't require much watering or deadheading.I want to be able to sit on my lawn chair and enjoy it...not work all the time. The front garden is pretty much the way I want it. Just a few annuals will be added.There is something blooming there for the whole growing season. One change would be that I would put drought tolerant plants in the big pots and only have one hanging basket, that can be changed with the seasons.I just completed the east side of the house last year with new mums (that are supposed to come back) , lilies and some bird nest spruces. The west side of the house is mostly a jumble of different things. I planted ajuga early on and it is everywhere, I dropped in some Easter lilies from Church, and then there is a mish mosh of different plants that had no where else to go.Do you have a place where you just plant things...not knowing where else to put them? My trellis is there with the clematis vines too. I would really like to have 3 shrub roses (knockouts) with herbs in that area. Maybe some lamb's ears too. Gray and pink combo is always my favorite. I am still thinking about the back of the house. We have many different hostas, a collection of lilies and an azalea. The azalea isn't happy there, but it was planted there when I moved in and was a gift to my husband...he would like it to stay in the same place. The woods border just needs to be cleaned up and maybe plant some burning bushes across the front for fall color. These are just a few ideas...I'm sure I will change my mind many times before the Spring work starts. It will all depend on my knees and how ambitious I am in the spring. Let's hope the Japanese beetles are in someone else's yard this year.
Balisha
The weather today was cloudy, foggy, snow showers, misty rain, and cold. We traveled to Sycamore behind snowplows...clearing the 1 inch of snow that fell during the night.

7 comments:

Judy said...

I have received about 7 new garden catalogs this year and have never ordered from one. I plan to get some stuff and am enjoying looking at them. I went outside the other day for something and noticed there are moles all over my yard. I know they were not there the last of November because I was getting up leaves and did not see them. I went to Lowes and got some stuff to spray. I just could not believe my eyes. The tunnels were everywhere. Someone told me there is nothing you can do and that nothing works and they have to leave on their own. I am trying this stuff anyway. I don't know what else to do.

Lynn said...

Evey year I go through this thing of wanting to change things. This year it has to be more coleus. I also want to do more Geraniums (pink) and just more of everything!!! LOL I too will change my mind alot before spring. that is the fun of winter,just dreaming of the spring to come...

Margie's Musings said...

Your garden sounds lovely to me. I can hardly wait for Spring and we just started winter.

Balisha said...

Hi Judy,
I have ordered and been pleased and ordered and been unhappy. You never know.
We have moles this year too. Back by the woods all over the lawn. I guess if you have grubs they eat them, but make a mess of your lawn. I wonder if it is because of so many Japanese beetles last summer. We have voles under our bird feeder on the deck. We see their trail through the snow. Smaller than a mole.

Balisha said...

Hi Lynn,
There are so many beautiful coleus..I always plant them in a big pot on the corner of my shady area. My favorite color in the garden is pink.Last year I thought ahead to fall and planted hotter colors and wasn't happy during the summer.

Balisha said...

Hi Margie...I feel the same way. Winter is hard to cope with as we age...at least we have something to look forward to.

perennialgardener said...

I have about 10 catalogs sitting on my coffee table right now. They all have at least one page or more earmarked with plants that peaked my interest. ;) Jackson & Perkins is a wonderful source of roses. I need another rose for my arbor to work with the existing Climbing Bonica which is a lovely medium shade of pink. Oh I do the same thing with my raised perennial bed, it tends to get things dumped there temporarily sometimes.