Spring is Coming…Eventually…and a Correction

First, I must correct some information I gave out last week about the Hattie Davish mystery series by Anna Loan-Wilsey. You all read how much I enjoyed Anything But Civil, the second book in the series. The third book is actually called A Sense of Entitlement and it was released last June. The fourth book in the series is A Deceptive Homecoming.  I’m so sorry to have caused any confusion about this! I’m looking forward to reading the other three books in the series!

Here in New Jersey we’re expecting another snowstorm to blow in by Tuesday morning. No surprise there. What would surprise me is if we actually got some snow. It’s been way too cold, but really that’s nothing compared to the temperatures they’re experiencing in northern and central New York, where I know many of you, dear readers, live and wait anxiously for spring.

Spring–that’s where my thoughts are headed this week. It’s only a little over a month away, you know, at least by the calendar. Sometimes I think Mother Nature gets the memo a bit late, but we know it’ll be here eventually.

I thought I’d share with you some of the ideas I have for my yard and flower beds. I am always afraid of running afoul of the copyright laws, so I only post pictures on this blog that I take myself or that my family members take; therefore, I don’t have pictures of the things I want to plant this year, but I will provide links for you to look at them if you’d like.

As anyone who has ever been to my house will tell you, the front of my house needs some landscaping work, to say the least (it sports a look now that I like to call “haunted”). Currently there are two beds full of scraggly azaleas that do not thrive in full sun (they bloom for one day, get sunburned, and die), poison ivy, those wild onions (are they ramps? I have no idea), one wayward cedar tree that we swear we’re going to transplant one of these days (it’s about 8 feet tall now and we’ve been saying that since it was knee-high), two obnoxious holly bushes, and a euonymous that is completely out of control.

My dream is to have two raised beds full of things that like full sun and don’t require much fuss. Sure, poison ivy fits the bill, but that’s not really what I have in mind. I’m thinking seagrass, the kind that looks like Fraggle hair. Google “Fraggles” if you’re too young to remember what they are. But not just seagrass- I’d also like some flowers, and I almost always go with perennials because I don’t have the time or the patience to deal with annuals (well, that’s not completely true. I do hang four baskets filled with annuals on my porch, and I have a bunch of containers that I use for annuals on the patio out back…almost everything is dead by August). I might try Shasta daisies and Stella de Oro daylilies. I think I’d like some Russian Sage, too. See http://www.hgtvgardens.com/perennials/15-perennials-you-cant-kill and http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/top-perennials-for-your-garden/#page=20 for some photos of the plants I’ve mentioned.

Under our trees, I plant almost exclusively hostas. They literally require no care. I do have a spot in the backyard that is perfect for a couple shade-loving plants. I hear that Lily-of-the-Valley is impossible to kill, but I have done it. Maybe I’ll try it again (planting it, not killing it). HGTV recommends the unfortunately-named Toadlily as a plant that will withstand shade, but I think I’ll plant something else with my Lilies-of-the-Valley.

Do you have any ideas for me? My criteria are as follows: easy, Zone 7. I’m looking for things mainly to plant in the sunny spots.

Until next week, stay warm!

Amy

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10 comments on “Spring is Coming…Eventually…and a Correction

  1. Sharon Aguanno (ArmyMom) says:

    Ceramic pots that is…. 🙂

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  2. Sharon Aguanno (ArmyMom) says:

    Well, I will just say “Good Luck and Happy Planting”, Just reading your list made me very tired. LOL… When I lived in FL, I had a raised garden, and I want to tell you it required a lot of work. The last 6 months that I owned it, I actually hired a housekeeper for inside, so that I could work in the garden. It was much more fun. Now, since I travel I am reduced to pot plants, and of course, some light gardening when I get to my son’s house. Enjoy, and I can’t wait to see your pics… As always, Keep Reading and Writing…..

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    • amreade says:

      Sharon, I can’t tell you how I look forward to your “Keep Reading and Writing.” It always makes me so happy! I have this vision of a gorgeous raised bed in my mind…something tells me it might not turn out quite that way in reality. But I’ll keep you posted! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. marlainagray says:

    Violas maybe? They’re adorable and pretty good in the ground or in boxes. Also edible. Not sure how lavender, oregano or rosemary would do in your area but you can never go wrong with herbs — both lovely and useful.

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    • amreade says:

      I never thought of violas. I did plant lavender in a container last summer and it did very well. I bet violas would look nice planted with the lavender. Thanks for the suggestion and for stopping by!

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  4. You can’t go wrong with daylilies. Why not try multiple varieties? I am fortunate to have a retired horticulture professor for a neighbor, and she gives me lilies when she divides them. She has over 40 types on her triple lakefront property. My issue is my lily bed is along a farm property and too many deer come along the wooded path (seriously) and clip the lily buds right off. Hostas don’t stand a chance. Happy gardening this spring, hopefully soon!

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    • amreade says:

      Nancy, I have daylilies planted around my mailbox and they are hands-down one of my favorite flowers. I don’t have a problem with deer, though I don’t know why. Lots of people in my area do have problems with deer. I’m looking around me to knock on wood right now.

      After I read your comment I googled “daylilies” to see what other varieties there are and I had no idea there were so many. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m definitely going to try growing others!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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