Friday, February 6, 2015

Dove, mourning



Still cold.


Will be for a while.

But there is a crisper-drawer stuffed full of fall-dug lilies, there are ziplock bags of gloriosa tubers in the 55'F bedroom (ideal storage temperature!), there are stored seeds. Things waiting to happen.

And perhaps I should order more fava beans. The favas did well last year. The peas did not. In late spring an English author will come and photograph the Harlem terrace for her new book, and I should give her something to look at. Any ideas for late May blooms?

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  1. Warming her rear on a faerie light.

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  2. How lovely! I do miss the song of the mourning dove Amy Lee

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    1. Yeah, love the oranges, also the delicate pink (canescens?). Great idea.

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    1. A stalwart of spring on the old sunny terrace!

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  5. I worry about pansies with your shade - you'd sacrifice form and flower power, but late May should be high time for later flowering tulips and daffs. It might be difficult to source traditionally fall planted bulbs now, but I think Brent and Becky sell precooled bulbs to southern markets who can't vernalize them in the ground...not sure when they sell them though. Sonya and I loaded up our full shade planters with tulips this year figuring they won't come back anyway so it doesn't matter if they're shaded. Tiarella and Phlox stolonifera make a gorgeous combo that time of year. Iris sibirica should be flowering by then - Corydalis and Tradescantia too. Ferns would be freshly open. I've seen some cool Oxalis bloom in late May, Martagon lilies, Acanthus, and Smilacina. All of the normal shade blooming annuals should be available by then - the blues and whites of Browalia are classy enough for your space. Everblooming Dicentra like King of Hearts or the Amore series should be flowering their heads off then. And 'Gold Heart' is gorgeous even when not flowering though I don't recall chartreuse in your color scheme. I think the best of the flowering Heuchera should be full swing by then, but I can't find photos to corroborate. Paris, Sweet Tart, Rave On, and Tapestry are all favorites of mine and the new Berry Timeless looks promising. That's all I can think of for shade right this minute. This was fun!!

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    1. Thank you, as always, Paul! Your Dicentra should be looking good, and I have some Tiarella. Heuchera in these parts blooms much later. Phlox are a great idea. I may sneak some instant bulbs in...thanks for the B&B tip!

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    2. I would like to second the dicentra which look lovely in the rain (you never know...) And I shall be cursed for this, but late May says to me Dame's Rocket over phlox.

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  6. Maybe azaleas, hostas and perhaps some new roses? Have you thought of getting some hop starts to help as a privacy screen on the terrace? The ones I have here grow like kudzu!

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    1. Thank you, Pesto. The roses from last year did fairly well, but they need much more sun, so no more roses, sadly. Hostas would do well, here but won't be in bloom then, here. I was very happy with bean/gloriosa/cardinal vine screen last year, so will probably repeat, but hops are good a suggestion for quick screens...

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  7. Feasting my eyes on the dove-in-winter, the thought wandered into my mind... I'd lay money down for a 66 Square Feet *Bird* Calendar... just sayin'...

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  8. I have so many bleeding hearts in my backyard. I consider them almost weeds. They started at one end of the back yard and have traveled underground over the years to the other end and have surround the bottom of my fig tree. I have no idea where they came from. Birds maybe. White and pink. My neighbor each year brings branches of them to her pre-school. The 3 and 4 year olds love that hearts grows in the garden.

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