Well .. I have to admit for all of my complaining .. the snow is receding quickly in the back and side gardens .. the front has a drift covering where my daffodils will be trying to smile at me ..
Some shoveling might just have to happen there .. BIG sigh ! ..
Perhaps Garden PA will follow through with his volunteering on that job ?
So .. the first plant order is always a tricky one.
I have no idea what "victims" I might have from this overly quirky winter.
I have to go on faith that I would want these plants no matter the possible vacancies that might occur.
I have a reason for each plant ordered .. or at least I THINK I have ?
All pictures are pulled off the net so credit goes to "who ever took the photos"
On with the goodies !
Clematis texensis "Princess Kate"
Sanguisorba minor "Little Angel" an Ornamental Burnet .. something I haven't had before and my curiosity has gotten the better of me ..it makes a neat and tidy mound (on obsession of mine) takes full light or a bit of shade, so not too fussy and ? Finches love the seed heads so a plus for them.
I am also obsessed by ornamental grasses (I'm just an obsessive gardener ?) .. especially grasses that envelope me with striking red foliage for Fall.
Andropogon gerardii "Red October"
Eryngium x zabellii "Big Blue" ... how is that for a mouth full ?
I am intrigued by these big sea holly .. I had Miss Willmott's Ghost at one time and it was eye candy .. but shot lived in my garden .. so I am trying this cultivar out to see how it does and I am going to make sure to dry some flower heads for my Halloweeny atmosphere in my office
Gillenia trifoliata "Pink Profusion" ... Pink Bowman's Root ... I have to confess I have one already but I love it so much I "need" another one , just in case ? .. it is an under used gorgeous perennial which you might think of as a small shrub .. those delicate pink flowers with red stems that flutter in the wind and magical ... very much a three season interest plant !
Helenium Mardis Gras ... I found I was lacking in plants for Autumn .. even though this begins to flower mid/late summer .. it sets a tone for fall .. I was more a fan of Sahin's Early Flower but it doesn't seem to be available in the last few years so this is the next best thing !
Kalimeris incisa "Blue Star" .. I have come to appreciate Japanese asters because they are shorter, neat mounding ones that don't flop .. blue may not be a "Fall" colour but it does something perky for the garden that time of year .. a refreshing drink ?
Tricyrtis hirta "Miyazaki" I have gone through a lot of Toad Lily stages ... but now I have returned to the original ones I had in the garden when I first started .. and I was so amazed by the flowers .. I hope to find that amazement again in these beauties .. they may be an older variety and blah to some but the kid in me loves them !
Veronicastrum virginicum "Pink Glow" Pink Culvar's Root ..
These are magnificent stately perennials .. I love the height and flower heads .. I already have Lavender Towers but the pink in me needs PINK (eh Gracie Girl ? LOL) .. so being a tough as nails native type plant it will deliver exactly what I am looking for ..
So I may not have chosen the "newest" cultivars of designer plants.
But what I have chosen are beautiful, reliable ones from a great provider with Chris at Canning Perennials.
I am lucky to be close in Ontario so shipping charges don't go through the roof.
However if you are stuck some where with no providers I can recommend Canning.
I have been dealing with Chris for years and she has wonderful customer service.
I do have a few other providers I tap when I am looking for other plants .. but Canning is rated number one in my books ... and no, I don't get anything for this recommendation ..
These are the ones that count when you are not compensated !
So there is the first order off .. done and dusted ... now what other trouble can I get into ?