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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March end of month view.

March has just flown by this year. Often March feels like one of those never ending months to me. I think because I've been able to get a head start on a few garden projects it hasn't felt as long as usual. But now the April showers, which will hopefully bring May flowers, have begun a bit early. Our 10 day forecast shows rain for all, but one day. So getting back to finish the projects may not happen as soon as I had hoped.
The end of the month also means it's time to join in with The Patient Gardener's Weblog for the end of month view
Things are really beginning to fill in here now. Something is missing from here, although I doubt anyone besides me would notice. I mentioned last week that our pipe that led to the outside faucet must have frozen during the winter, leading to pouring water inside the garage (no damage luckily). The upside to this was that we moved the faucet to a new place. It used to be on the wall behind the plants, leading to many broken plants and bad words as I would unroll the hose to water. Now it is located in a much better place on the front of the garage making watering the whole front yard much easier.

This is the Sedge (Carex hachijoensis) 'Evergold' which I decided to plant under the maple tree. It supposed to get 1 foot by 1 foot and is a clump forming grass. I'm waiting for the rest of the Hostas to reappear before I plant the three of them.

Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) already has buds on some of the plants.

The beautiful variegated leaves of Japanese Maple 'Orido Nishiki' are so nice against the red twigs that the new growth appears on. Oh, I love this tree! I recently read that it is a slow grower, but in our garden it has grown quite fast.

By the end of next month hopefully I'll have those Sedges planted along with rearranging Hostas and Astillbes. There's a possibility there may even be some small buds on the Hydrangeas. I have a Hydrangea in my backyard with tiny buds already. Hopefully the Columbines in this bed will be blooming by then too.
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31 comments:

  1. Very nice. It is filling in quite well. Although, I would expect nothing less.

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  2. Honestly I am always amazed by your photos. You capture so well the outside world. I planted Jacob's Ladder once, the foliage was beautiful alone but I never did see any flowers (it didn't make it through its first winter).

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  3. Hi:

    Coudl you make a post about your clematis?

    Thanks a lot!

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  4. Morning Catherine, I love astilbes and had good success with them at our last home but not here. I will be anxious for you to share photos of yours. Everything is looking pretty in your garden and don't you love that you relocated the faucet?

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  5. All's well that ends well regarding the facet..glad it's ended up in a more convenient location :) I've been a little frustrated with the weather forecast myself..I suppose it's just allowing me to work on other pursuits. I agree with the above comment and would love to see a post about your clematis :)

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  6. I agree, March has flown by...seems like it was just February, and now April is knocking on the door. Glad the faucet has been relocated to a better place, and there was no significant water damage. I love this time of year when the Japanese Maples awaken from their winter sleep.

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  7. Max and Jenni - I did do a post a couple of months ago on my Clematis, mostly as a way for me to keep track of what I have and the pruning times.
    Here's a link to it: http://agardenerinprogress.blogspot.com/2010/01/clearing-my-clematis-confusion.html

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  8. Sometimes those bad things (broken water pipe) can lead to good. I love the plant with the hearts!

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  9. I like the varigated grass you're going to plant. I planted a varigated fountain grass last summer (2 of them) with beautiful mauve blooms and looks like neither one is coming back. My 'didn't make it' list is growing and I'm very upset. My new Creeping Ginny (chocolate)just flat died, no signs of my new African Daisy perennial, a penstemon, the Boysenberry Ruffels Spanish Lavender Diane got me and more. I'm really sick about this. On the upside the annual Penstemon I got looks like there might be something coming back - not sure yet. That's good because I didn't get it dug up and put in my greenhouse to try and keep. OK I've vented enough. Sorry 'bout that.
    I didn't know Jacobs Ladder came so early - allowing for the early stuff we're getting. Oh and you asked about buds on my Columbines the other day and I said nada. I found 2 that do have buds on them.
    All of your flowers and trees are looking so great.

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  10. As I expected, your garden is really coming along! I bet you love that new hose location.

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  11. I really will have to plant Jacob's Ladder again. I had it at my old old house and it was always beautiful this time of year.

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  12. It's so full and lush already. Bummer on the broken pipe but there seems to be a silver lining.

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  13. I love your new sedge - the variegated leaves add so much interest to the garden. I cannot wait to see your hydrangeas in bloom - they are my favorite plant in your garden :-)

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  14. Your sedge reminds me so much of my spider plant. I like variegated grasses in the garden. I do remember, as a kid, being out there in your state and it did rain a lot. I also remember all the rose gardens. That would have been in 1965 when we visited my brother who was stationed north of there.

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  15. Can I move in just for a little while so I can wake up each day to that beautiful garden?

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  16. As usual, your garden looks wonderfully lush and spring-y!

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  17. Hey, Catherine! Your garden is gorgeous! Yes, the Japanese Maple is a favorite of mine too. The red branches always amaze me.

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  18. It looks wonderful Catherine. I love the way your blue walls compliment the plantings and create a nice backdrop. Just lovely!

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  19. Wow..everything looks so spectacular...it is amazing to see..I will have to wait afew months for blooms..so what a treat to see your garden so alive!
    Gorgeous!
    kiki~

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  20. So glad you got your water line fixed Catherine. Sounds like it worked out better in the end with the new position. Yay for all the plants, right?
    Your garden looks GREAT!
    ps the book you reviewed looks interesting too. I try to attract as many birds as I can too. My pet peeve is cats that run loose ~ I had one kill a rabbit on my front patio this winter then left the head. Gross.

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  21. Catherine, your garden is alive and well and that maple is exquisite! I know I'm going to love your planting of hostas and astilbe... two of my favorite plants.

    Forecast this evening in our neck of the woods is for freezing; hopefully you don't get that cold.

    We wish you and your family a blessed Easter season.

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  22. It's looking lovely. I love the Sedge - such a nice green and love the 2 tones. Also the Japanese Maple...

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  23. I think you will like the Carex. Sorry about the broken hose spigot, what a hassle.
    Your maple must be very happy to grow so well. I love the variagated ones. Super!!

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  24. I have heard of the Japanese Maple, but not seen it . I am looking forward to see more pictures of it in your later posts. Happy Easter!

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  25. I love your swathes of grape hyacinths, their one of my all time favourites :)

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  26. Catherine, I've been sitting here nodding my head as I enjoyed all your beautiful photos and thoughts. I agree with so many of your observations and musings! Yes, March has passed quickly! I thought it was just me :)
    Your Maple is delightful...both leaves and those pink buds...gorgeous!
    I'm adding "Flyaway" to my book list. It sounds like a great read.
    I wonder if that gorgeous Pink Flowering Currant will grow here. Must do some research on that.
    Glad you have your faucet in a handier spot now. Sometimes good comes out of bad :)
    You do an incredible job with your garden. It's truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Happy spring and happy Easter!

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  27. Catherine, I always love seeing what's happening in your garden; it reminds me what I have to look forward to. Here in Maine, we are having unseasonably warm temperatures after several days of heavy rain, so I've decided it's time to go out and do spring clean-up and see what's coming up in my garden. It will be exciting to see if my Dicentra spectabilis is starting to unfurl yet. -Jean

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  28. Catherine - what a cool idea, having an 'End of the Month View"! Great way to document the 'early risers', and what's on deck.

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  29. Love the Carex, Catherine. People in my neck of the woods used to plant these in full sun and they looked horrible. In shade, they're stunning--year round.

    Progress looks great!

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  30. That bed is looking super, it's great when they fill in, isn't it? I love bleeding heart and astilbe do well here as it is wet. We have lost some hostas and other things with the bad winter we had though.

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