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Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's Alive! It's Alive!

This my first Daffodil ever. It's the Rhine Wine that I bought from the Chicago Botanic Garden sale last year. I love it! All the plants below are ones that I thought were goners. This first one is the Red Twig Dogwood. You may remember it and the others that follow from last year. They were my Charlie Brown Shrubs. I swear I thought all these were dead.

Fragrant Viburnum
Hydrangea Lime Light. I can't wait to see this one in bloom.

Hydrangea Tardiva planted in the rocks. I'm sure I've complained about it before but I think my house was built on some rock quarry or something. After I found the perfect spot for this, I started digging then hit rocks. I was tired and lazy so I just plopped it in the hole with the rocks thinking it was probably dead anyway. What a survivor! This is also planted in the Coneflower cemetery where all the Purple ones that GB gave me were planted and died.

Japanese Kerria. I love the leaves on this one already. I have never seen one of these so this should be exciting.

Lastly, this is the Clematis that I thought I'd ripped out along with the bastard weed that was growing up the string. Thank goodness Jodi told me not to bother it and that it may come back this year. Thanks, Jodi!

I'm still waiting for some sign of life on the Weigela Wine and Roses from the HD sneaky shopping. They both look very dry and brittle, still. Oddly, those looked very healthy when I planted them but they sure don't right now. Rosemarie thinks it's bad karma. I hope she's wrong!


  1. Sounds like you have good karma when it comes to planting. Good for you and congrats on all that showing up in your garden.

  2. Heather's GardenApril 20, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Isn't it fun to see all those plants coming back? I'm pretty sure I saw fiddleheads from my fern popping up yesterday. I'm having trouble being patient while waiting for the slower plants, like the fern, to catch up with the faster ones, like the hostas. Anything that doesn't come back is an opportunity to go shopping for more plants!

  3. Isn't it a great feeling to proclaim, like Dr. Frankenstein, "It's Alive!" I've had quite a few of those moments in the garden already this Spring. Procrastination pays off sometimes - it's a good thing to put off yanking out things that look dead.

  4. gardeness - thanks for stopping by!

    heather - umm what's a fiddlehead? i wish i had ferns!

    MMD - that's exactly what i was thinking (Dr. Frankenstein)when I saw these things being alive. wasnt it beautiful today??

  5. Gina, that's a beautiful daffodil!

    I planted wine & roses last spring, and mine's not looking good either. Several years ago I planted three variegated ones that struggled for three years before they bit the dust. I wish I knew what I'm doing wrong with them. If this one doesn't come back, I think I'm done with wiegalas for good. It's a shame - they're so pretty!

  6. Fiddleheads are just the fern sprouts - I think the only reason that there's a special name for them is that they're edible (for some ferns, at least). And if you have any shade at all, ostrich ferns will grow and spread like mad.

    And my Korean spice viburnum looks exactly like yours does today.

  7. I'm glad to see your shrubs have started to bloom - this is your 2nd garden season in this house, right?