Monday, December 31, 2012

That Other Season

I can hear the gardener's resolutions for the new year, redo this, move that, pick a theme, use more heat resistant plants, etc., etc.

Amaryllis Picotee began blooming the day after Christmas and because they were large bulbs will bloom for quite a while with more than one stalk.

The large bulbs really pay off in flower production.  The smaller Paperwhite Ziva bloomed very little and for a shorter period of time.

That's about it for my inside garden so it's time to get down to business and plan for a wonderful 2013 garden outside!

My garden is totally exposed this year with just a trace of snow so far.  Without snow a garden shows its bones and without bones and snow a garden can be very boring for almost half the year waiting for spring.

Miscanthus Little Kitten
Grasses that you can leave standing add greatly to the fall and winter garden along with Myrtle Blue Dart underneath.
Panicum Northwind
Pennisetum Hameln
A very short grass but pops back up as the snow melts
The above grasses even look good in the snow and will not flop until around March.
Miscanthus Udine
This is a beautiful four-season grass, however, a heavy snow will topple it.
Panicum Shenandoah
This is a smaller upright grass but will have trouble standing in a heavy snow.
Azalea Karen
I would plant more of these if I had the room!  The leaves are a rich burgundy all winter and do not curl in the cold like the Rhodies.
Heuchera Southern Comfort is sleeping in the cold but will perk up quickly when the temps are above freezing.
I am glad I left more flowerheads on Limelight Hydrangea this year, still had plenty for spraying and using dried indoors.
A great groundcover especially when there is little snow, stays green until early spring
Will this be the winter without snow?  Probably not, but I am planning my garden to look more interesting even if it is bare down to the grass, groundcovers and mulch for that other season!

He's getting bigger (almost ten pounds now) but that tongue is on everything!


Beth said...

Hi Eileen, Duffy is just adorable! Your grasses provide great winter interest.

Leslie's Garden said...

Always planning for next year in the garden! I love your grasses. So many different seasons of interest. Hope you have a happy new year, and a great 2013 garden.

Larry said...

Hi Eileen... you have quite the collection of grasses! Ours were all knocked down by the large amount of snow this year... somewhere in the neighborhood of 2'. Your amaryllis is lovely... I decided to toss all my bulbs this year as I really didn't have the space and I have too many other projects going, to spend time dealing with too many indoor plants. The orchids are starting to bloom now but not nearly as nicely at this point as in other years... wishing you a great year! Larry

Lona said...

Oh I love the Picotee Amaryllis. Gorgeous! Duffy is really growing. What a cutie.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl Happy New Year !
I love how Duffy looks so cute : )
You and I love our grasses .. some of mine that should be large and mature , aren't because I have moved them around way too often .. but I will always be a fan of grasses .. they fascinate me .. I have tried to over winter a black mondo one .. we will see if it survived .. I hope so!
I can't do inside flowering plants .. the boys sneeze like crazy .. but I wish I could.
I am "thinking" of my garden changes for 2013 .. I need a new book in fact ! we do love planning eh ? LOL

Larry said...

Hi Eileen... I responded to your excellent comment regarding the book "The Layered Garden" on my site, but thought I would also place response here on your site as well...

I agree with your assessment of Mr. Culp's book completely. I find myself considering the photography for clues regarding how to apply his philosophy of gardening. I also find that to a great extent I am already doing a lot of the layering he recommends. The book does inspire me to consider ways that I could do even more of this sort of thing. I also find that he , in some cases such as the helebore garden (not the hillside), relies on surrounding gardens for the continuance of bloom. I suspect that he would say in many cases the foliage of the plants can be an aspect of the layered effect. To be honest, I find the photos to be the best part of the book as they offer a goodly amount of inspiration. I have been gardening so long that I have become stubborn about how I design my gardens and books like this one inspire me to continue to evaluate my work, but probably would never convince me to change my style which is the culmination of personal experience and preferences.


Your little puppy is so cute. I hope you get some snow soon. I love your winter interest garden and your indoor lovelies are gorgeous.

Happy New Year.