Ok .. I am holding on to the last vestiges of sanity without my computer which funny enough I thought I would be fine without for it's time away at the computer spa.
NOT !!! .. the same old adage " you don't miss what you have until it is gone" or nearly blew up and the computer ambulance had to be called .... BIG sigh !
However .. I am trying to navigate Garden PA's computer (and newly suggested wireless keyboard and mouse) while he does somewhat the same on his new tablet (graciously gave me his old one .. which I will probably blow up within two weeks if I try playing with it at all).
OK .. aside from my moaning and groaning this is supposed to be about garden plants !!
First a curious question .. do you look especially for the newest plants available for 2017 ?
Or do you restock with ones you can count on for hardiness (cold/heat, and drought wise)
My favoutie mail order plant company has come on line with the new catalog and I have ear marked a few plants that I don't have but I noticed they are tried and true older varieties for the most part.
I wish I could illustrate with pictures but I can't manage that with Garden PA's computer but I will have a link to them.
If you have had experiences with any of these plants please drop a note to me and let me know how they did ? Thanks !
So here is my first draft of a few :
Corydalis "Blue Panda" .. I don't have a corydalis and this one looks so pretty ! and has been around the block so to say .. tested and true.
Anemone "Elfin Swan" .. I wanted a more compact anemone after trying to deal with the monster ones which were sent to the allyway garden to duke it out with the goosneck loostrife .
I loved Pamina but it doesn't love me to make it through the winter, so this one I am hoping will !
Astilbe "Mighty Chocolate Cherry" I tried getting this one last year and missed out .. I have a thing for astilbe and really wanted to see this one in action because of the contrasting colours but tidy mound .. all of the plants I am picking are more of the compact and tidy type due to lack of space.
Geranium "Azure Rush" ... I have a few Rozanne and it really does stretch out .. maybe too much. So this one being a sport of the mother plant is bred to be more compact with some marbling of the deeply cut leaves .. I think it will be very pretty .. fingers crossed.
Heucherella "Buttered Rum" Yes this one has been around for quite a while but I am a sucker for that colour which will look perfect on the shady side of my garden .. compact and perfect !
Primula vulgaris Balerina Pink Ice ... I don't have a lot of primula and none with double blooms like this .. and that heavenly pink that changes in colour value .. well I just fell for it no questions asked!
Penisetum alopecuroids "Cassian" I am a fool for fountain grass .. this is an older variety but I haven't tried it out before and those amazing masses of fluffy flower heads .. well it just had to be.
So this is a first draft .. it might be tweaked ..and sometimes the garden centers here have very surprising and unexpected plants (boy does that send a shiver up my spine !)
The total thrill of the hunt which lands you a fantastic prize you didn't expect ?