Monday, March 24, 2008

Plants in my Future

I have just ordered some plants from
Bluestone Perennials: Pretty Polly Heucheras, September Ruby Asters, a Pink Potentilla, and a Rosy Lights Azalea. I have heard very good things about this company and was impressed with their comments on the Garden Watchdog ratings list. I used a 20% off coupon and saved $8 off my order.

These, in addition to a few plants from the cheap but not necessarily reliable Michigan Bulb Company: some Echinops Ritro, Lady's Mantle, Astrantia, some others I can't remember. They were offering a seasonal special, as they frequently do, plus their famous One-Cent sales. Their plants are decent quality, but I have heard/read horror stories about them, too. You get what you pay for!

For the rest of the season, I will be working with what I have, and a few packets of flower seeds I got on Ebay: sunflowers, zinnias, marigods, cosmos, hollyhocks, columbines, cleomes, Chinese forget-me-nots, portulacas, etc.I am not sure how successful I will be with the seeds (last year was spotty) but it is an inexpensive way to get plenty of color and bloom. We'll shop the end of season plant sales again, too like last year, when we got a mature $40 rose bush for $3, clematis vines for $3.50 apiece, and some salvias for fifty cents. It is all about saving money now, but there are so many bare spots in the yard, waiting until we can afford full size shrubs to fill in means lots of empty space. So I am trying to be creative.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hello and Welcome!

This blog is dedicated to sharing my thoughts on gardening in general and on the evolution and progress of my garden at my home in Albany, NY.

We moved into a "fixer upper" almost two years ago and the yard was in desperate need of help. We have already done a great deal of work but we also have a long way to go. To make the bigger jobs seem less arduous, I have planted plenty of bulbs and perennials. Right now I am waiting to see my spring bulbs come up. I am taking part in a contest revived by the Woman's Club of Albany Gardening Society. It is the "Plant Your Front Yard Contest" and used to be a big thing apparently. In order to revive it they offered 50 free tulip bulbs to participants.

I got some nice Barcelona Tulips, and planted them with a few other varieties (Recreado, Queen of Night, and some others), plus plenty of pink daffodils, multi-colored hyacinths and grape hyacinths. I can't wait to see all the color in a few weeks.

Albany loves its tulips! The photo above was taken last year at the annual Tulip fest in Washington Park.