Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Foliage Greening Up

Pam, at Digging, hosts a monthly Foliage Follow-up to GBBD, the 16th of the month.  I have much more foliage than I did blooms.  I am really pumped, because I just discovered some I hadn't seen yet this spring after raking some of the leaves out of the curb bed.  I pulled 2 of these tarp fulls of leaves to my compost pile at my garden across the street on the neighbors' property.  I didn't take all the leaves off, just the top layer.

The daffodils have grown taller than when I first posted a photo of them.  They look like they are about to form buds.  Some of the daffodils in other parts of the yard are coming up, too.

I need to check to see if I should take some of the older leaves off of the pigs squeak plants.  Some crocus grew right through a couple of the leaves.

The peach leaved bellflowers are up.  These are growing at the base of the big maple tree.  I pull them out when they grow past the area I have for them.  They are at the edge of a raised bed area, so that helps.  They are very aggressive, but I love the deep purple blooms.  The inspection of the tree is scheduled for March 30th, but I asked if they could come next week if possible, since I will be off work.  They are supposed to get back with me on that.

The 'Spooky' dianthus plants are up well.

The wood betony is ready for spring.

This clump of hyacinths should start greening up now that the leaves are off of it.  I have some more that are still covered.  I'm not sure what the green leaf on the right is.

I have several kinds of yarrows that are greening up.  This is a yellow blooming one that gets more water than it prefers in this spot.  I'm glad it survived winter.  I really should move it.

The basket of gold plants are one of the early bloomers in spring.

Every year I think I'm going to move or take out the 3 kinds of spiderworts I have on the east side of he house, but they come up and charm me in the spring with their pretty flowers, and I don't get them moved.  Sometimes, though, they die back in the summer, leaving an ugly spot.  I put a pot of flowers on them, at that point, thinking I'm going to put something different there next year.

I walked back to the area near the veggie garden to see if there was any foliage to see.  I'm glad the Autumn Joy sedum caught my eye.  I need to get last year's dead foliage off!

The daylilies are coming up.

The 'Octopus' bellflowers are coming up and getting ready for their annual attempt to take over the flower bed.  I'm ready to pull the ones up that go too far.

Shortly after taking off most of last year's leaves from the hellebores, new growth popped up.  I love the color of this plant!

I didn't get my money plant seed pods harvested to dry last year.  Since they are biennials, the seedlings will not have flowers this year, unless some of them started growing in the fall, and I didn't notice them.  That's OK, I can wait.

This is limonium, a statice that does well in my yard.  I dry these, too, but keep some on the plant, because they look good on the plant all season.


Stoke's aster:

The irises all over the yard are sending up nice new growth.

These are sedums of some kind that I got from a neighbor's yard when our street work was done.

I hope to see blooms on the grape hyacinths soon.

One of the geums, 'Prairie Smoke' is looking good.  The others are still under leaves.

Some of the stems of the drumstick alliums are broken off.  I'm not sure if rabbits have eaten on them, or what.

I say spring has started our way.  It's the time when new discoveries will be made each day, as the plants wake up from the long, cold winter, and the lettuce and such will be poking up out of the ground.  If it hasn't started where you are, keep up your hope.  It will come your way, too.


  1. Yep, Spring is happening all around your seeing all this green! Just in time for St. Patrick's Day too.

  2. I just love this time of year when you see life returning to the ground. You do have lots going on there. Finally the snow is a memory. Have a great St Patricks Day.

  3. Wow, you sure have a lot happening there and I can only imagine how glad you are about that.

    Happy Gardening ~ Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

  4. Wiosna idzie i szukamy jej oznak. Cieszymy się wszystkimi kwiatami, które już się pokazały. Ja też sie wczoraj tym cieszyłam w moim ogródku. Pozdrawiam

  5. What fun to see all that green!

  6. Sue, you have done what I plan to do today....clean off some flower beds so they can get some sunlight.

    I have forgotten about limonium....I grew it once.

    I love this time of year.

  7. Hey Sue, Nice foliage! I've been meaning to tell you what a delightful surprise your blog font has been. A great change from font as usual! gail

  8. It's that time of year when all kinds of activity is going on under the mulch. Every little sprout is a new thrill.

  9. You have so much going on Sue--I know you will be busy on your week off from school. So lovely seeing all that spring has to offer popping up right before your eyes.

  10. Our gardens look a lot alike, however you have many more varieties than I. Yes I am born again and spirit filled...amen! I enjoy reading you and Ben's posts as you guys are in the same region as I. Do you follow Dr.Roushs blog Garden Musings? He is in Manhatten, Kansas. Blessings,Greg.

  11. These are just the kind of photos I like to see. What a lovely time of year, going outside and seeing what's coming up. We are starting to lose our snow now, and I can just see the tiniest bit of bare garden here and there, in the sunnier spots.

    Thank you for you comments, I just found them today - it's been a busy time for me.

    I will check back in on youru garden soon!

  12. Hello. My dog is lovely and I love. He was seriously ill a month ago. We are very scared of him. The flower of a hellebore who you ask. Well you said. Too bad you can not see all the photos. I use Internet Explorer. Maybe that's why this issue. I greet and invite you to visit me.

  13. Hi Sue-It's so nice to see so many things starting to grow again, isn't it? Looks like spring has definately begun for you.

    If you want to keep your mint from spreading so much, you can cut the bottom out of a deep pot (those UGLY black nursery pots work great)-bury it up to the rim and plant your mint in that. It will keep the roots from spreading. I have to use that method with my Ribbon Grass. Learned that way after I got so tired of constantly digging it out of my other perennials.
    Hope this helps----we gardeners have enough to do in a day without chasing roots!


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