Today it’s pretty chilly here in Northern New Jersey, but my husband Mike was outside edging away. Do you edge? You know, take a spade and dig a sharply delineated line between your lawn and your garden beds. Like this:
While Mike was working hard making that edge I walked around to peep at my plants: Who is still asleep? Who is awake?
Check out these herbaceous peonies. They are the ‘regular’ kind of peonies you would recognize in a sec if they were blooming. I have three different varieties planted next to each other. See how they are growing at different rates? Isn’t that kinda cool?
Now I think I’ve mentioned my tree peonies in the past, but I can’t help mentioning them again. The three trees, which range in size from about 3 feet tall down to my pink baby at 2 feet tall, produce the most magnificent blooms I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of flowers! Here’s one of the buds on the tallest yellow tree peony:
Take a look at the bulbs (or are they corms?) in the photo below. Can anyone help me out? What exactly are these? I remember planting them a few years ago and they’ve spread some, but for the life of me I can’t remember their name!
Mike loves forget-me-nots so I’ve kinda let them run wild through my garden beds. The good thing is that the little blue flowers blend with anything blooming in a Spring garden. The other good thing is that if I need a quick gift for a friend I can go out and dig up a clump or three when they’re in bloom. I pop the clump(s) into a low tray (cut down milk container, anyone?), put a bow in among the cheery flowers and off I go! I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like these blue flowers!
The hostas are beginning to unfurl their leaves. I need to divide the clump in the photo below. Do you know why? See how the center of the circle looks ’empty?” The hosta died out in the middle. That’s its way of telling me that I need to dig it up, use a spade and cut the existing plant into a couple of chunks, plant the smaller clump in the spot where I dug it up and find a new spot for the new hosta I just created (or give the extra away to a friend; my friends love gifts of plants.).