These watering cans were lined up like infrantry at our local garden center, TLC Nursery, on Saturday. The morning low of 15 degrees F brought forth images of my friends in Canada and New York. Brrr . . . . I decided to replace those with some eye candy. I took these photos at the nursery, and all are true to the colors I saw. I continue to be amazed at my Christmas present, my Nikon D40x. Just visiting the garden center gave me a real boost, so if you have a good nursery nearby, go and treat yourself to an “artist’s date” as expressed in The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. And before you say “Artist? Me?,” I want to remind you that we are all artists, and the garden is our palette.
I braved the early morning and cold temps for classes in Proven Plants for Oklahoma, Shade Plants, and New Perennials. Afterward, I was tired, but elated at all of the new, disease resistant plants available.
I want to make a wreath like this one filled with Sedums of all shapes and sizes. Isn’t it great? I think it would look wonderful on my front door. I forgot to ask Cindy or April, the women leading the classes, if they had the wreaths, sans plants on site, but I bet they do. Here’s another shot of the entire wreath. It was sold, but I probably couldn’t afford it anyway. I’ll have to make my own. Oh, wait a minute, although my front door is on the west side of my house, it is in shade once the trees leaf out. I guess this wreath is out too.
Between classes, I scoured the greenhouse. Although it’s early, it was full of wonderful things. This is a sampling of the sun coleus available. They are still quite small, but once the heat hits, they’ll grow lightning fast. I grew sun coleus for the first time last year. I had it in sun, but in the back garden (east side) where it got some protection from surrounding shrubs and the house. I wouldn’t put sun coleus in direct all-day, blistering, hot sun because I don’t think it would survive. But, if you’ve ever wanted color between bloom periods, and you love regular coleus, you’ll like sun coleus too.
I’m especially interested in plants from Terra Nova Nursery. They are doing some amazing things with plant selection and genetics, breeding for hardier, different plants of all types. I just love that. I came home with a new variety of Oxalis crassipes, ‘Garden Hardy Pink’ from Proven Selections perennials, three plants of Heuchera ‘Mahogany’ from Terra Nova and three plants of Lenten Rose, Helleborus ‘Ballerina Mix,’ ‘Red Lady’ and ‘Blue Lady.’ As Big Dipper Farm put in their description of Helleborus, they are “[d]eer-proof, slug-proof, evergreen and bloom in the dead of winter. What more do we need to say?”
Yesterday, as the temperatures rebounded, I got to play in the garden. I planted my poppy seeds. I hope I’m not too late. I also planted three kinds of lettuce. Today, I’m working on pruning roses and pulling weeds. I’m also putting shredded leaves and chicken manure on my beds. Happy gardening to everyone who can.