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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow Influencing My Garden Selections

Has this snowy weather started to make it's way into my thought process? Will the snowy days influence my plant selection this year? It seems that I am drawn to the color...white. Some artists believe that white is the absence of color. I think...if it comes in a tube or paint can...It's a color. As I sit here this morning, drinking a cup of Raspberry Zinger tea, I start to think about this. I've been thumbing through garden catalogs and have started to make my selections. I use white flowers as a spacer between colors in the garden. There are some flowers whose bright color needs to be toned down a bit. White is the perfect accent to put next to one of those "loud mouths." I may order this white hosta...called White Christmas. I think that it will look pretty in the evening as it starts to get dark. I need more white in the woods border. I was checking Bridgewood Gardens http://www.bridgewoodgardens.com/ yesterday for different hostas. Actually I was browsing online and searching for a mini hosta for the Grotto at Church. I think that I may order Blue Mouse Ears. Then I turned to this beauty. It is of medium size....has white leaves margined with green and grows to about 24 inches. It may find a place in my garden this year. I ordered all my hostas from Bridgewood, when we redid the gardens surrounding the house. I was very pleased with them. They were crisp and fresh, when they arrived (at the right time for planting) They have all survived and multiplied.
Last year I started marigolds inside. It was successful. I planted French Vanilla Marigolds. I was really happy with these except for the fact that when the Japanese Beetles were on them...they left the bloom looking sort of dirty. This year I bought the Snowman Hybrid. Do you see what I mean about winter influencing me? These should be beautiful. Large, pom,pom, white, double, ruffled, bushy plants. They are taller than the last year's flower. Have sturdy stems and I can use them for cut flowers. I am thinking that I will put them by the mailbox. They are tall enough to plant with the Stellas. Well, the snow is just a dusting like powdered sugar on a brownie, the tea is gone, and I have breakfast to fix. Soon I will plant these seeds and see what happens. Maybe we won't have those pesky Japanese Beetles. Am I delusional?


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

That is a very pretty hosta Balisha. It would show up so well in a shade or moon garden. I will have to find the Bridgewood Gardens site and look at their plants. A good recommendation goes a long way. ;-)

Margaret Cloud said...

I know we are all thinking ahead to Spring, but it is a long time before we can plant our flowers.I hope I have better luck planting on my bank this year, maybe I should choose wiser. Have a nice weekend.

Balisha said...

The hosta plants from this nursery are really good sized and wrapped so that not a leaf is destroyed. They arrived damp and carefully packed.
Margaret...what kind of a bank do you have? Is is somewhere that you have a hard time mowing or shady so that flowers won't grow?

Gram said...

I miss my hostas - I had many shady areas at my old house, but not at the new one. Trees are getting bigger so I hope I can have hostas again in a couple of years. I need to look for those marigolds - I have never had white ones before. I am so anxious to get my hands into the dirt, but it is at least 3 months before we are frost free.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

What a fabulous hosta - that is certainly going onto my possible list!

THanks for taking time to visit my blog and leave a comment - which lead me to yours

Anonymous said...

Hi Balisha, Your arrangement from your yard for Feb. is so pretty. I like the white flowers, too, but I don't want anything that reminds me of snow! We have a winter advisary out again this morning and more snow. My mother used to have bushes she called snowball bushes in the yard. They had big white blooms on them. I don't want any of those because I don't want to have to say that word this summer! lol. I have a ditch in front of my house that needs some kind of ground cover. It is shaded. Water runs through the ditch when it rains but the sides are hard to mow. Do you have a suggestion?