April 15, 2015:
I don’t know if it’s still too early in the spring for some of my plants to break through the soil, or if I lost a lot of plants over the winter. I didn’t think you could kill a hardy sedum, but where “Frosty Morn” is making good progress, there’s no sign at all of the black one (either “Postman’s Pride” or “Black Jack, I can’t remember which). It must be too early for hostas, only a few of the larger ones visible yet. I hope my bitty ones are okay, but I’m sure I’ve lost some that were strangled out by weeds.
Yesterday I found, to my surprise, a straggly bit that is artemisia ‘Seafoam’ (I was sure it hadn’t survived) (It’s the little silver stars in the picture at left). I’ll be really distressed if my white bush clover (lespedeza thunbergii ‘White Fountain’) hasn’t made it. Those two plants, plus a mass of deep blue annuals, were intended to make a faux waterfall – the ‘White Fountain’ cascading down the small hill, the ‘Seafoam’ making a froth at the bottom, and the pool of blue spreading out from there.
I think I lost the ‘Duchess of Albany’ clematis, and sadly, the ‘Shaina’ Japanese maple I wrote about really is dead. Glad I spent the money to get another one. I think I’ll keep it potted until fall.
The star magnolia has bloomed (right), and there are flower buds on the weeping pea tree (caragana arborescens ‘pendula’).
So far I’ve received a package of 5 good-sized clumps of sedum dasyphyllum, a tiny-leaved sedum that is one of my favorite plants, and the dwarf mock orange (philadelphus something) in a big pot. If not today, tomorrow for sure I’ll put the sedum in a pot and take a picture.
Here’s what’s blooming today. Click on pictures for larger images of these early spring blooming plants. (By the way, I’m in Zone 5.)
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