Sunday, April 30, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
As a public service, I am posting a picture of moneywort so you can memorize what it looks like and avoid it! The latin name on the tag is Lysimachia nummularia. The tag description started with "this fast-growing ground cover". I paid $2.95 for a 4 " pot of it. I dug out a bed of it that was at least 8 ' x 4' . I still have a bit more to grub out. (See post "Progress on the Pestilence Plants")
Sunday, April 23, 2006
These are two of my favorite hand tools. The top one is a Japanese Hand Digging Hoe. I use it a lot for general weeding, and also for cutting out sod. The bottom one is a Japanese Digging Knife, also known as a "hori hori" knife. It's great for getting weeds out that are close to other plants that you don't want to pull out with the weed. Both are pretty sharp, which is one of the reasons I think they work so well.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
This is a Fothergilla in bloom. I don't see a lot of these shrubs, which is a shame as it is a pretty good shrub. Spring flowers, dark green leaves that turn to a reddish orange in the fall and doesn't get too large (at least these don't). I basically planted them and that's it!
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
These are hellebores, also called Lenten Rose. These have both been blooming for a few weeks now and are some of the 1st flowers to bloom in my garden. I think breeders are working on new varieties that hold their flowers more upright. That's the one complaint I've heard... the flowers are a bit shy about showing themselves!