Hi Guys! I've been so busy with work and projects (and yada, yada) that I've neglected visiting the awesome blogs of my gardening friends. If you're one of them, please except my sincerest apologies. I'm going to make a point of getting around this week. I'm also going to get my bulbs planted. Hold me to both, okay?
So the state of things. I took some photos yesterday. I purchased this very cool Hart's Tongue Fern last spring. I already have one in the garden but this one looked so perfect and the price was like $4 so it (and a bunch of other plants) came home with me.
|Hart's Tongue Fern Aspenium scolopendrium|
I can't get enough of this Nandina. The foliage is so beautiful and will remain this way until the new foliage emerges next spring.
|Nandina domestica 'Wood's Dwarf'|
The photo below should give you an indication of what the state of things have been in my garden. The 25 degree F reading is the low temperature for Sunday night. Fortunately it's back in the 40s now. While many plants did just fine, there are a few that are looking pretty sad.
One of my projects has been to organize and file the bazillion photos I've taken this year. I set aside a few of them to do a little "before and after" segment I'm calling,
"Before and After."
|Musa basjoo -- BEFORE the temperature dip.|
|Musa basjoo -- After the temperature dip. Sad. And a tiny bit scary.|
|Variegated Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum 'Axminster Gold') -- Before|
|After... Slugs enjoy Comfrey as evidenced by the tooth marks.|
|Elephant Ears (Colocasia sp.) -- Before|
|And now. The upside is that the neighboring Geranium palmatum foliage looks okay.|
The plant didn't flower for me this past summer so I'm hoping it will winter-over and bloom next year.
|Bear's Breeches (Acanthus mollis) -- Before|
|Acanthus -- After. But it will recover in a few days.|
|Tetrapanax -- Before|
|Tetrapanax -- Now. Eeegads!|
|The wet blanket plant.|
(Side note: If you look closely, you can see that the English Laurel
is about half of what it once was. More on that in a future post.)
But things aren't too terrible in the garden, all things considered. Here's a few more random garden photos.
|The burgundy stems of a variegated shrub dogwood.|
Cornus alba 'Argenteovariegata'
|Between the stems and other plant detritus, you can see a frozen pond.|
|Last weekend we had sunshine. My Melianthus was soaking up.|
|Rosa 'Cinco de Mayo' -- a valiant effort.|
|Ditto for Rosa 'Carefree Spirit'|
|A sea of Japanese Maple Leaves...|
|The 'Polish Spirit' Clematis (on the far left) still has green leaves.|
|And so does Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'|
|Oops! Somebody forgot to protect the Digiplexis!|
|But I did get all of these guys moved under the patio.|
|Winter's Simple Pleasures...|
Take care and keep warm!