The orchard is blooming. Dogwoods are blooming. Hostas are coming up.

The orchard is what I see from the kitchen windowOrchard April 2015

and what a lovely sight it is now.  Every one of the flowering Crabapples I put in is blooming.  I did three different varieties, thinking that they would grow at different rates (which they have) and that I might lose some (and I haven’t).  They’re still small of course, but it is looking like a defined space.  It looks as if most of the grass growing in that area is – as I hoped – the No-Mow, which will remain short and a little rough.  So later this spring I’m going to put in a scattering of low-growing summer-flowering plants – possibly some red Daylilies, to further define the space.  And this fall I think it will be time for bulbs.

Dogwoods April 2015

The Dogwoods – all but one – came through the winter beautifully.  I was a little nervous, because I had been advised to wait until spring.  But I didn’t; and it worked out.  What I did do was water.  Every time there was a winter thaw I dragged out 350′ of hose and watered every tree and shrub deeply.  I think that did help.

And the Hostas, six big, beautiful Sum & Substance, are all up.  I planted them bare root, which I have never done before.  They are much less expensive that way – and it worked.  I highly recommend this as a way to save some money.  And the way they are coming up looks as if they are the same size they would be if I had planted gallon-size containers.

Bamboos…the View out my Office Window

I wanted something very tall and slender to sit in a sort of alcove that separates my office window from the living room.  It should rise many feet above the house and so be visible as a vertical element from many places in the garden.

Phyllostachys spectabilis. multiple stemsSo… I finally settled on Phyllostachys spectabilis – a very yellow, ‘crook-stemmed’  bamboo that gets to be about 25 – 30’ high.  It’s a running bamboo, but fortunately it has nowhere to run.  Its sheltered alcove has a concrete house on three sides and should be easy to control on the fourth side.

Hosta Sum and Substance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s actually at the beginning of a slightly shady garden, and at its feet will be some huge yellow Hostas (Sum & Substance)

Cinnamon fern. Osmundaand some sun accepting ferns (Cinnamon Fern).

A wonderful yellow and green combination.