Monday, April 20, 2015

My New Favorite Spring Bulb

I am absolutely in love with these tiny little flowers, Chionodoxa luciliae, also known as Glory of the Snow. They were on sale in the Fall so I bought a couple of packs to see how they turn out. The pack picture has them looking purple, so I was quite surprised when they bloomed a beautiful blue. 

Glory of the Snow
They only grow 5 inches, and are supposed to naturalize each year.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pasque Wildflower

April is a great time to start looking for early wildflowers.  The Pasque Flower is the first one to come up every year,  usually around Easter. I usually find it in sunny locations,  on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Leave them where they are and don't try to dig them up to move to your garden. They don't transplant well.

Pasque Flower

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Time to Plant Seeds

I'm a little late (about 2 weeks) planting my tomato seeds this year, but if I get them in before the end of March, I feel better about myself.  I had a horrible tomato crop last year, decimated by blight while I was on vacation. I'm trying a different variety this year, as well as planting Romas. Adding in bell peppers too.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Divided Coneflowers

Echinacea "Summer Sky"
This Spring I noticed one of my Coneflowers was a ring of growth around a dead center, giving me a clue that it was time to divide. Here are the happy little plants that were divided, growing quite nicely in their new garden spot.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Spring Blooming Perennials in White

I just love Spring and the flowers that come out early. My Mother-in-Law has a wonderful shade garden where she lives filled with Bleeding Hearts, Solomon's Seal, and ferns. The white is such a contrast to the next wave of blooming plants filled with colors. If only God had made Solomon's Seal so we could actually see the flowers instead of them being hidden underneath the leaves!

Bleeding Hearts

Solomon's Seal

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blue Hill Salvia Growing in Minnesota

I am really loving the "Blue Hill" Salvia that I bought from the Friends of the Plant Sale in 2013. The color is advertised as a true blue, but I find it does have a very light purple color to it. They have grown in nicely and quickly beneath my "Pinky Winky" Hydrangea. The real test will be cutting them down after blooming, and seeing if they re-bloom in the Fall.