Around the garden

by Rainbow Bobbins

Here is what is going on around the garden this week (aside from Tulips):

I mentioned how I am enjoying the surprises in the yard of our new (58 year old) house – this big patch of Trillium is gorgeous. And I think there is a Peony emerging! More on that in another post.

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Beneath the Forsythia I planted Shirley Poppy seeds that I ordered from Swallowtail Garden Seeds. The package came with 23,000 (I think) tiny, tiny seeds. I mixed them with sand and sprinkled them around the forsythia a couple of weeks ago.

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Seeds have sprouted:

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Here is one of the mystery hostas I got off of Craigslist:

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New plant acquisitions include ceanothus dark star (on the left), a new hosta and a heuchera (Coral Bells) on the right. TBD where they will root. Finally, below, I adjusted the hay lettering in my garden by tilling another row and adding a foot path. Nothing new planted other than some over-early plantings of nasturtium and sun flowers on the perimeter – feeling lucky. In the next few weeks the bush beans, chard and broccoli will go in along with second rounds of lettuce, radish, carrot, beets.

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In the world of bulbs corms rhizomes and tubers I recently planted kniphofia, begonias, tall cannas, clematis. At the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon show I picked up some lilies from Judith at The Lily Garden. My Swan Island Dahlias order arrived this week as well. Being a new gardener is fun – I’m just throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. I am, however, not allowed to purchase anymore plants for a while – aside from bamboo. And maybe some veggie starts. And I really want one more Japanese maple…hmm…

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