Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The awesomeness of davesgarden.com - already pretty high in my books thanks to their endlessly informative PlantFiles, which allow site users to post reviews and experiences with various plants - is made all the more impressive by their Garden Watchdog, which has users rate mail-order companies. People left rave reviews for Lindenberg Seeds, for instance, whose somewhat discombobulated website and black-and-white print catalogue I would have completely overlooked. Apparently, however, they have kick-ass plants for rock-bottom prices - three cannas for $4??? Sign me up!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Two months till spring, provided spring is as freakishly early as it was last year.

Siiiiiiigh. C'mon plant catalogues, where are you when I need you??

Well, the Experimental Farm's plant sale is on May 8 this year, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the Tropical Greenhouses on Maple Dr. In addition to the wagon, this year I must bring a screwdriver and/or a wrench to secure the loose bolts on the wagon, and also an actual shopping list, although I would never dream of restricting myself to such a thing.

I should sign up for some of the tours of the Experimental Farm too, come to think of it. They have a guided historical tour and also tours of the rose and peony beds. Bet I could drag my mom with me on those.

I also want to check out the Fletcher Wildlife Garden's native plant sale on June 4, since I missed it last year.

Toying with the idea of putting my planned John Davis rose climbing up something like this, but not sure whether I really have a spot for something like that. Could put it over the start of the path next to the driveway, but then it would block the view of what's behind it from the road, which at the moment I kind of like. Could use it as a focal point in the upper part of the yard, but don't know if that would work and/or if I'm design-savvy enough to coordinate things around it. Time to break out the mad paint skillz!


That's...not half bad, actually. And I'd forgotten about the metal railing around the stairs, which isn't exactly conspicuous but would still provide some sort of repeated element/context for the thing. Let's see if I can fill in some of my plant schemes for the spring and see how it jives. Something liiiiiike...


Well, it will be a hodge-podge, but we knew that already. Hmmm.

Option #2:


Huh. That doesn't actually work at all. As a focal point it would be fighting with the magnolia, and it looks weird with the window anyway. Good to know.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ooooo. Pretty dwarf conifer that does well in shade: tsuga canadensis "Gentsch White".

4' x 4' and a slow grower. Must keep an eye out for a spot for such a thing. In the shadier part of the front yard, maybe? Depends what else I'm going to plant around it, since it would look best with some dark colours around it to contrast.