Tantalizing Snapshots of My Spring Garden

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  • Those look good.

    I was wondering what we would get plantwise, with 80 degrees one day and 45 the next. Around here, it is mostly mudholes, but the flowering crabs and lilacs are now flowering.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. The weather seems to be settling into a more consistent pattern. If you're asking me what to plant, I hesitate to recommend specific plants, since everyone's tastes are different. I like hostas, especially for the shade. For color, impatiens seldom disappoint. You can see in the pictures how dazzling creeping phlox is, but it doesn't bloom through the growing season. Begonias do. And there's always roses, if you don't mind the thorns I lke the English daisies I put in the Grandkids garden. Every year I try to bring in fresh ideas. That's the fun of it all.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Living in a community association, I don't have much choice. Someone on the board likes hostas, but personally I don't see them.

    For annuals, they usually plant impatiens and begonias, which seem to hold up well.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I might also mention that one year when I was on the board, the landscaper planted only white impatiens, so we fired the company (also for other reasons, but that one was the precipitating cause). We need some color.

  • Very nice. Gardens are key for Chicago living, I just got back from Gethsemane Gardens with 14 bags of fine ground black mulch.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Thanks, 4zen. I picked up gardening from my Mom. I've always liked that famous reminder: God made the first garden.

    14 bags!! For mulch I'm using the Fall leaves I put in a compost pile. Leaf mulch. I've been spreading everywhere in the garden. You might recognize it in the photos.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I meant to say "leaf mold".

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