Thursday, December 29, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What I'm Taking to the Plant Swap Tomorrow

I have more than 100 plants to take to the Central Indiana Plant Swap tomorrow at Holiday Park at 2pm. 

Sun plants:
hardy geranium-Max Frei
salvia-May night
clematis-sweet autumn
daylilies-happy returns, Chicago apache, apple core, ruby spider, velvet beads
monarda-Jacob Klein
reblooming short purple iris
black eyed susan
lamb's ear

Shade plants:
hostas-patriot, ghost spirit, sagae
sweet woodruff

tomatoes: Sweet Tangerine, Black from Tula, Russo's Sicilian Togetta, Chocolate Stripes, Japanese Trifele, Patano Romanesco, Azoychka, Red Alert, Mr. Stipey, Islea, Amish Paste, Early Chatham, Rutgers

basil: magic Michael, genovese, oriental breeze


Friday, May 13, 2011

Getting Ready for the Central Indiana Plant Swap

I FINALLY got to work in my garden today. This month, my work life has been intense. Now that everything has calmed down, I can have a personal life. My garden is an unbelievable weedy embarrassment right now. I spent the day weeding the beds in my front yard and dividing plants for the Central Indiana Plant Swap on Sunday.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Iris Cristata

I have a new garden favorite: iris cristata. It's also called dwarf crested iris. Until last year, I had never seen or heard of this plant. I stumbled across it at a nursery. It started blooming this week. It's so pretty and delicate. It's about 6 inches tall and the clump has doubled in size since last year. The label for the plant said that it serves as a great ground cover in sun to light shade. It's doing well under my oak tree.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I loathe squirrels. We used to have at least a polite relationship. I have a problem with them digging up my porch plants, despite the fact that I have tens of thousands of acorns all over my yard. Now, however, they have gone too far. They dug up my fancy reblooming iris and flung it in the porch to rot.
The photo above it the shriveled up remains of what they must have dug up over the winter. I replanted it in the front bed. I hope that it's not too far gone. The other iris that I planted at the same time look like this:
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