Walking into the garage several days back I was stopped in my tracks by a scent enveloping the air. What in the world was causing it? My garden, being so new, doesn't have much in the way of blooms. I looked at the new back bed and spied a very small plant, with very small flowers.
Say hello to Hardy Geranium 'Samobor' (Geranium phaeum). This was an impulse purchase last summer during the closing sale at Kent garden centre. I think I might have paid $1 for this plant. It stayed in a pot most of the summer as I had nowhere to place it and was finally planted into a raised vegetable bed over the winter. When the back bed was finished in May it was moved here next to the garage door. Serendipity. I had no idea this plant was scented and now I get to smell those lovely flowers every time I walk into the garage. A bonus is the lovely markings on the leaves.
Another new resident at the Corner - Meet Big Wig.
He's decided to take up permanent residence under the shed in the front garden. We see him nearly every day working hard, digging up the June beetles, eating the slugs. He doesn't much like us but apparently he likes our yard very much. And we're happy to play host.
Now for the lowlights.
This lilac shrub was my first purchase for our new garden last spring. Some of the branch tips went a bit black right after planting but it seemed to recover itself and grew substantially over it's first year. This year I was so pleased to find blooms appearing!
|Our very first lilac blooms!|
Does anyone have an idea what the cause of this is?
The final tragedy for the week is my new purchases. Enlargements have been made to the entrance bed and I purchased plants via mail order to fill in this space. Unfortunately I do not seem to have a lot of luck with mail order. Plants arrive quite dry and consist of just a small chunk of root. Thus far the hostas and ferns seem to have survived nicely. Some plants don't appear dead, but not quite alive either. I'm still holding out hope for the Joe Pye Weed and Monkshood. The real trouble is the Siberian Iris. The box with the Iris plants accidentally got left on top of the dryer and I think I baked them. Live and learn I suppose.