Monday Miscellany

I'm looking forward to spending a good few (many?) hours in the garden today, but here's a collection of tidbits from late last week. Starting with some advice to self: remember to move the agaves out from underneath the mulberry tree before the berries start dropping next year:


This is where I put them in the partial sunlight to acclimate from indoors, and I admit I was a bit lazy with them.

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They've been there too long...


...and hopefully don't get berry stained!



Today isn't all about problems though, in fact, it's mostly about positive things...


...like my sago palm which finally woke up!


Remember that I cut all of the fronds from it for storage in the garage last winter. The trunk stayed firm and healthy looking, but this thing has been outside for a couple of months with no signs of life so I was starting to get worried.


Now I wish my plumeria would just show me the same consideration:


I just need to be more patient with this one I think, as it hasn't been outside as long as the sago palm has.



Can I take a moment to tell you how completely fulfilling the Allium christophii have been?


I loved them when I saw them in photos from friends' gardens, and they have been even better in person.



So great! Bees love them too, which was a pleasant surprise.



Another pleasant surprise is the Ohio horsemint (Blephilia ciliata):


I had almost forgotten that I had planted this, tucked out of the way at a corner of the planter box outside the kitchen window.


The stacks of bloom clusters are fabulous and give this such a different look from monardas, although the plants are similar.



The clematis at the front corner of the house is fantastic...


...and finally this year there will be something below it to balance the beauty:


The Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra) loves the big pot and has survived past the deer chomping size (I hope).

Blooms coming soon...


...which has me so excited!


Almost as excited as having time to go crazy in the garden! I suppose I should document all I do...

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (May 30, 2016 at 1:42 PM)  

Yeah for plants showing signs of life!! My sago palm is in the early stages of flushing. This year I will remove the lowest row of leaves because they're awfully poky.

outlawgardener  – (May 31, 2016 at 12:40 AM)  

Looks like your plumeria is flipping you off. Exciting to be able to spend time in the garden! I did the same this weekend and, while there's still an incredible amount of work to do, it felt good to make a dent.

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