Sugar Creek Gardens

Continuing with my commitment to visit and post about more area nurseries and garden centers, I went to Sugar Creek Gardens a couple of weekends ago. I usually only visit this lovely place two or three times a year and I'm not sure why...


It's a smaller nursery in Kirkwood, MO, and unlike the other nurseries I've visited recently it's in the middle of a neighborhood -- it's clear that you're surrounded by homes when plant shopping here. Smaller isn't a bad thing in this case, as Sugar Creek never disappoints with their plant selection.


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Drinking bees

Trying to get a few things done in the garden during lunchtime the last couple of days, I noticed that the honey bees were very interested in my little seedling cups on the driveway.


Noisily buzzing, a steady stream of bees landing, drinking (I assume), then flying off. It gave me a chance to get up close and personal with them.


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The two sides of spring for bamboo growers

Spring is a very exciting (and conflicted) time for those of us who grow bamboo in small gardens.


When the shoots start pushing through the soil in spring, you just never know what to expect!


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Starting to see a pattern

Yesterday's cardinal nest in the bamboo was actually the second cardinal nest in a somewhat exposed spot that I've seen recently.


The first is here, in my soon-to-be-removed black bamboo. You don't see it?


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A closer look

I often feel like early morning in the garden is the absolute best time to be out there. Even after pulling bamboo rhizomes for 30 minutes, boots caked with mud, the cool air no relief when wearing too many layers, something happens that makes the time special.


Today it happened in the far back of my garden, behind one of the Fargesia dracocephala 'Rufa'. Doesn't look like much in the shot above, but take a closer look...


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Volunteer Armies

I often hear other gardeners talk about some interesting "volunteer" in their garden, a plant that grew out of nowhere in just the perfect spot. For me this does happen once in a while -- except for the "perfect spot" part, as I usually have to transplant.


Most of the time in my garden though the solitary volunteer is a thing I only read about. For me, seedlings arrive in hordes, great swathes of tiny plants, volunteer armies in miniature.


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A warm welcome

After being away from the garden for a few days (which in spring seems like a few weeks), this is the first thing I saw from the bedroom window this morning:



A welcoming committee! 

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Wiethop Greenhouses part 2

I started showing you Wiethop Greenhouses last week, and I left off showing you the door that leads to the perennial greenhouse.


Stepping through that door puts you in what might be my favorite spot in this place, as all you can see is greenhouses whichever way you look. Straight ahead in the above photo...


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Japanese Maples

It's always wonderful to see the Japanese maples budding in the spring, quickly going from barren to beautiful.


The lighting was just right a few days ago, and lots of photos were snapped.

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