Sunday, April 25, 2010

Green Thumb Sunday - April 25, 2010


planted last Spring (2009)


'Neon Lights' (in front of Heart Leaf Brunnera, ferns, emerging hosta, etc.)

'Iron Butterfly'

'Iron Butterfly'

'Pink Skyrocket'

(My favorite) 'Heronswood Mist'

Back of the four-leafed, four-petaled
(click here for last year's post)

Have a Wonderful Day!
It's just such a lush Spring - I can hardly contain myself! :-)
Hope you're enjoying the same.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Lilofee is beautiful!

Northern Shade said...

Your Tiarella look fabulous, with loads of blooms. Iron Butterfly has very attractive leaves, too. I've been wanting to add some Tiarella to a garden bed that purple foliage. My Lilafee is just starting to show the little leaf curls, but I'm looking forward to those pretty purple flowers.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting a picture of your Epimedium blooming. I have never seen one bloom before.

Ashley in Nebraska

Shady Gardener said...

Tatyana, This is my only Epimedium (so far). I've been forewarned about Lilofee's propensity for spreading. We'll see how she does... (She IS cute, though!)

Northern, You would love having Tiarella! Mine get so much shade that they're slow in enlarging their clumps. But most of them are 4 to 5 years old, now. You can tell they're not just a little single plant anymore! :-)

Ashley, Thanks for leaving your comment. It is a very cute, very diminutive plant at this stage. :-)

Kathleen said...

What a great choice to pick 'Lilofee' if that is your only Epimedium. I just added one last spring and it's blooming now too ~ it's one of the more common ones tho (I think) 'rubrum.'
Your trillum is fabulous too.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a pretty Epimedium. This is my first year growing them and I can't believe I missed out on them for so long!
Your tiarellas look so pretty and happy. I think I finally found the spot that mine will be happy in. Maybe next year I'll have as many flowers as you.

Shady Gardener said...

Kathleen, Iowa Boy (who no longer blogs) had several varieties of epimedium... I finally succumbed to 'Lilofee.' I'm sure your right in thinking it's the most common. :-)

Catherine, Thanks. Aren't tiarellas just so great??

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

You know, my tiarella doesn't even have buds yet... pretty sure it's still alive, though. Trillium is blooming, but Jacks are mysteriously gone. :(

joey said...

Happy Green Thumb Sunday, Shady ... isn't spring grand!

Gail said...

Shady, I love your tiarella collection! They are such sweetie pie plants. Did you know that your 4 leaved trillium is much studied? It's called a tetramerous trillium! gail

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Monica, Is it the cool weather perhaps? Otherwise, I believe everything here is growing approx. 2 weeks earlier than normal.

Hi Joey, Absolutely!

Gail, I looked up your term. Interesting. But did you know that the when I found it 3 years ago, it actually had 5 petals and 5 petals? The next year - 4; last year - 3; and this year - 4! Pretty fun!

Diana said...

SG, your epimedium is lovely! as are the Tiarellas... so delicate.

Rose said...

I love all your tiarellas, Shady! I really need to plant more of these...I had a "Heronswood Mist," but it hasn't appeared yet. I remember last year I thought I'd lost it, and then it showed up later in the season. I'm hoping it's just late again.

Kate said...

Oooh! I want to plant some tiarellas. They are very, very pretty. :)

Rosey Pollen said...

Everything is looking simply Splendid around your garden. Just the name Tiarella is intriguing to me. I would love to name a cat that.... Since I am done having kids.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

What a beautiful collection, I am especially drawn to Pink Skyrocket. :)

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

What a beautiful Epimedium you have there Shady - it really caught my eye.

troutbirder said...

Exotic is what comes to mind. I think I need to spend more time in the catalogues or a Sargeants in Rochester catching up.

ShySongbird said...

Hi Shady, It's great to be back :)

You have lots happening in your garden. I'm not familiar with your plants but they all look interesting.

Shady Gardener said...

Diana, Thank you for your visit. I've enjoyed your recent post, also!

Rose, When you look through the tiarella photos, just remember that the largest groups were planted as single plants around 4 - 5 years ago. :-)

Kate, Isn't this what garden blogging is about? Gaining inspiration (and adding to the "wish list)? :-) Glad to oblige!

Hi Rosey, Tiarella - tiara... Definitely female! :-)

Hi Rebecca, I purchased Pink Skyrocket because I saw it on Kylee's blog a few years ago!

Karen, I'm enjoying it this Spring. I've never had this plant before, so it will be interesting to see how it "behaves." ;-)

Hi troutbirder. I attempted to look up Sargeants in Rochester, MN but didn't know what I was looking for. (Unsuccessful search) I have ordered most of these tiarellas, however they're becoming available... even out here in the "sticks!" ;-)

Hi Shy Songbird, Good to have you visiting! It won't be long and the birds here will be hiding amongst the tree leaves and I'll have a hard time finding them!! ;-)

Andrea said...

Wow, i love all your flowers and plants most especially because they don't thrive in the tropics, so we dont have them here. It would be very disappointing when they start to fade and succumb to fall and winter, they are so lovely. Here in the tropics we have ours all year round except for the dry season when some of them die!

catmint said...

I agree with Tatyana, lilofee is wonderful.

Shady Gardener said...

Andrea, You are right about their leaving during Fall and Winter... however, absence makes the heart grow fonder and it also makes the arrival of Spring much more of a thrill! (Just like the arrival of old friends.) :-)

catmint, The lilofee is now growing new leaves and they're the very pretty rusty color. :-)