Last year, I went a bit hog-wild when I was finally able to go to the garden centre after the initial lockdown. All that pent up plant-shopping energy came out with a bang and I reverted back to type. Instead of having a plan and a list to go by, I spent over 3 hours browsing and anything that caught my eye ended up in my cart (which quickly turned into two carts - #noguilt 😜). After the stress of those first few months of the pandemic, I truly reveled in a good old fashioned plant shopping spree.
A few of last years newbies are now coming to life. When you plant a new perennial or shrub in the garden, the fact that it's rated to your zone is not necessarily a guarantee that it will make it to it's 2nd season. So when I see signs of life from a new addition to the garden in the spring, I have a little mini-celebration - sometimes in my head and sometimes for all the world to see 😄.
Signs of life in mid-April...
|Artemisia 'Silver Mound'|
|'Big Blue' Sea Holly|
|Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade'|
Almost decimated by rabbits last year,
hence the chicken wire cage
|'Lemony Lace' Elder|
So interesting how the leaves start out purple before turning to lemon yellow
|Variegated Japanese Iris|
|Penstemon 'Dark Towers'|
This one stayed a deep purple all winter long, although it did get floppy.
New, firm growth is just now emerging from the centre.
|Salvia nemerosa 'Swifty Rose'|
|'Goldfinch' Shasta Daisy|
|Veronica 'Purple Explosion'|
|It's just about to leaf out...|
fingers crossed this is the year we finally see some colour!
And what is waking up in the edible department? I haven't transplanted any early greens yet, but most of the perennials are on their way.
This one is going to be potted when the raised bed is replaced.
|The Dah-Ye garlic chives will likewise be potted up.|
|Normally, you would barely see leaves poking out of the ground at this point.|
|Already leafing out with a baby fig,|
only a few days after bringing it inside.