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Sunday, March 6, 2011

More Signs of Spring

 I've been off work this week--taking a "stay-cation"--and I had ambitious plans to get all kinds of work done in the garden.  Looking back on the week, it seems like I didn't do much of anything really.

OK, so my husband and I replanted a couple of things, and I potted up some verbenas I got at the garden center.  

But the garden still looks bare and brown...

... until you look closer...

The smaller of my Rose of Sharon shrubs is putting out new growth.

As is this unknown plant I received at a plant swap last spring.  It has since become separated from its plant marker and I just cannot remember what it is.

The Tropi-Cannas that I had to cut back to soil level because of freeze damage are starting to put out big healthy leaves.

And this little yarrow (Achillea), which was a passalong last year, is multiplying.  I hope I see some flowers this year.  I didn't get any blooms on any of my achillea plants last year.

I was surprised that the Homestead verbena has put out flowers already.  The one on the other side of the garden is a tenth the size of this one, and has no flowers.  Obviously this one has the prime location, but it almost got buried in nijer thistle seed hulls this winter because it's growing underneath where I hang the sock feeders for the goldfinches. 

I bought a new verbena at the garden center this week.  I potted this one up, rather than plant it in the ground, because I'm not sure where it would be happiest.  In a pot, I can move it around until I find its sweet spot.

Isn't it a lovely color?

I remember lamenting in my blog a couple of weeks ago that I might not get to see my blooming daffodils because I leave the house before dawn to go to work, and I don't get home till almost dark.  Well this week I got to enjoy them fully.

I thought I'd let you see them too.

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Ami said...

Jayne: It is always exciting to see new growth in the garden, isn't it? You daffodils are amazing, congratulations! Your new verbena is beautiful. I also got a new one this year with similar pattern as yours, only it is pink and white combination, not puple of white. Happy Spring and Gardening!

Maia said...

Your new verbena is pretty. I don't remember seeing it by us. Your little garden is wakening beautifully.

I would be happy to have temperatures over freezing point at least.

Anonymous said...

I love taking a closer look and seeing what just under the surface waiting to peek out. Your verbena is so pretty and it looks like the rest of your garden is off to a great start as well. I'm so glad you got enjoy your daffodils.

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Jayne, Lovely signs of spring in your garden! The verbena is such a cheery color. P x