Happy New Year. A special thank you to those who faithfully read my blog. I wish you joy and fun in your garden space.
This bitter cold, icy weather outside is a good time to snuggle under a blanket in front of a fireplace and peruse seed and plant catalogs. I’m also reflecting on some of my favorite plants in my yard.
Here are some of the ones that have done well:Dig a small hole, plant a bulb and voila: you’ll have flowers for years to come. That’s one reason I love bulbs – one and done. Plus, they have lovely forms, like this Kindly Light Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Kindly Light’), which brings bright color to spring.
Their color can also play off of other plants, like this Larkspur. Larkspurs are another favorite flower. Just toss a few seeds on the groud and rake light over them, and they’ll spring up in the yard for years.
My first bulbs were old fashioned irises that were pass-along gifts from family and friends. They need less water, so I planted them in a field across the road from the yard. The success is dependent on the amount of rainfall they receive each year. But they’ve been faithful for 12 years.
No yard is complete without some flowering shrubs. The bright red clusters on this Dynamite Crape Myrtle are gorgeous. A group of three shrubs were planted together 11 years ago. It took a while for them to get established in the alkaline clay in our yard. But they have been great performers for years.
Some Crape Myrtles grow to be 30 feet tall trees. Dynamite is a medium size that remains a shrub size.
Bees flock to the delicate petals on Duranta flowers. It’s easy to find shrubs that attract pollinators. It’s been harder for me to find evergreen shrubs that are flowering and different from the usual shrubs sold at nurseries.
And finally, another pass-along plant from a friend: Rose of Sharon or Althea (Hibiscus syriacus). It’s been absolutely one the best blooming shrubs I have. The flowers appear in late spring and continue blooming until late fall.
I’m so thankful that there are plants that will survive in our harsh environment of strong sun and scarce rain; also, plants have to establish a root system in our heavy clay, high alkaline, and caliche soil.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa