Friday looks like it will be wonderful!!! 70 and Sunny!!! I can’t wait to plant my strawberries, peas, lettuce and spinach. I also bought some pansies for the pots on the front porch. The bulbs are all peeking up now, and I have a few daffodils (Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation) blooming already. It’s been a long, cold winter and I can’t wait for spring. The picture above is a closeup of the flowers of the ‘Okame’ Cherry tree. It is a very early bloomer and starts the Cherry Blossom progression of spring here in Maryland. I’m going to cut some forsythia and bring it inside – it won’t take long to force since the buds are fat and showing color. I plan on a lot of changes this year, my husband has no idea what he is in for First things first….weed out the weaklings. I am vicious when it comes to getting rid of plants I don’t think perform well. First on the list are Buddleia davidii ‘White Ball’ (Butterfly Bush) and Hemerocallis ‘Rosey Returns’ (Daylily). The butterfly bush does bloom all season, and it does stay compact, but it just is not that attractive. It’s actually kind of ugly even in full bloom. And the color of the ‘Rosey Returns’ isn’t really ‘Rosey’ it is more of an ugly salmon.
Last fall I went nuts with lilies. Asiatics, Orientals, LA Hybrids and Chinese trumpets were planted with wild abandon. I think I went overboard actually. I’m also getting back into roses, coming full circle now back to giving them another try. (I ripped a lot out years ago when I got tired of the maintenance) The Knock Outs are great, I have a lot of them and they perform really well, but I am actually branching out and planting some Hybrid Teas (GASP!!!) I would never plant them in a client’s landscape, but I’m going to give it another shot and see if I can’t keep them up this year. I also planted a climbing ‘New Dawn’ mixed with a Clematis jackmanii on my new arbor. It is a baby though, so I hope it made it through the winter. My hardy banana and windmill palm aren’t looking so good. Also some late planted Needlepoint Hollies (Ilex cornuta ‘Needlepoint’) look pretty crispy. I tried a new Viburnum, Spring something or other (I’ll have to see if I wrote down the name!) and it was supposed to be evergreen, bloom pink and fragrant and it looks very unhappy. It is mostly brown, which I am thinking is not a good thing.
Have to run, but next time I want to talk about my bamboo.