Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
This is a miniature rose called 'Santa Claus'. It is a Weeks (own root) Rose bought at a local nursery 2006. I have come to learn that own root (not grafted) can be important in a cold climate. This was an impulse purchase and I must say, one of my better ones. This is a very hardy little rose, the last two winters it was not covered at all and come through just fine. When I saw miniature on the tag I thought this shrub would be small, under 2 ft. (Tag: MINIATURE 12-16 inches/Rounded Large Double Blooms Show form best in cold weather Resistant to powdery mildew). So tags are a general guide (I know this), this little rose gets at least 3 almost 4 feet. Its a little taller than I wanted for this spot, 2 ft. would have been perfect. For two years I kept saying I was going to move it, but the view of this lovely little rose out my kitchen window changes my mind every year.
|It has been hard to get a good picture, its either too bright or to dark. I so need a better camera.|
|Santa Claus Miniature Rose|
|Two ft. would have fit the scale so much better.|
|You can not tell the size of the bud from this picture but the buds are tiny little gems. I love how the sepals open like a platform highlighting the delicate rose bud.|
Saturday, April 9, 2011
In the Front Entrance bed is my first Japanese Maple 'Fire Glow' purchased in the spring of 2008. After a trip to the library and two books on Japanese Maples, I was obsessed. I just had to have one, but not all are hardy to zone 5. After much research, planning and shopping both on line and at locale nurseries I found this little gem at Home Depot for 35.00 ......SOLD! This little tree should get about 6-10 ft tall and according to what I have read, growth can be controlled by keeping it potted. The leafs bud out red, turn darker more maroon in the summer, then brilliant red in the fall. Fire glow has a thin leaf that appears to 'GLOW' when back lit by the sun.
|I love looking out my kitchen window at my little JM, and the leaves really do glow when the sun light is at a certain angle.|
|The bright fall color.|
|I kept it in this small cedar pot for two year, keeping it in the garage over the winter.|
|Spring color 2009. We had planted red & white tulips around the base of the pot. The red tulips turned out more orange than red and the white only came up the first year.|
|Spring 2010 we moved the orange tulips and added more daffodils. Then, do to my husbands persistence Fire Glow was planted it in the ground. I hope it does not get to big now that it's in the ground. We will keep it trimmed and see how it grows.|
|I have not been able to get a good picture of the leaves glowing but if you click on this picture you can kind of see it.|
|Fall 2010 was a dry fall and that seemed to affect the color.|
|Well I would not call this fire glow but the leaves are definitely glowing. Below are two links for more information regarding Japanese Maples.|
Friday, April 1, 2011
Along the front sidewalk, next to the house is a narrow strip that is mostly shade. We tried a few different things in this bed, impatiens, new guinea impatience and corral bells, nothing did very well. In the end we planted optical grass in a pot, a mini hosta, 3 astilbes close together and moved the corral bell to the end where the Japanese Painted Fern is. The red switch grass that we had added earlier was replaced with a potted red lace leaf Japanese Maple that was recovered from the back yard.
|Optical grass in the pot.|
|The narrow bed strip.|
|My lovely fern and little maple.|