Sunday, March 22, 2009
We have had a little cold spell, and the wind has picked up to 35 mph. Mid week it is to be 40 mph with 60 mph gusts. That is enough for me to appreciate the garden from the window, and only go out to sprinkle the seedlings when necessary.
I am contemplating how I will have morning glory in the garden. I have 2 packs of seeds, one baby blue and one the darker midnight blue. The winds up here on Black Mountain are quite strong which is a consideration, but also too is the blazing sun and the baking heat. Morning glory like full sun, but here in the desert their roots would need to be protected, late afternoon shade would be best. Another consideration is water conservation so I would want to incorporate them into an existing garden bed so that they could share water. I am designing either an arbor or a trellis, out of tree poles. I have about 10 tree poles left over from the lily bed edging, and I am working on the outcome.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
The purple iceplant from Ladybug Nursery in Boulder City, is blooming, and this year we added the orange, and hope that it likes it's sunny spot. Today I saw some red flowering iceplant, and I have designs for that because the three of them together would be amazing.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The little blue grape hyacinths "muscari" are starting to peek above the surface. This is an exciting time, if you are familiar with the large hyacinths at the nursery, these have the same look in a petite form. I discovered them in the backyard of an old house we lived in when I was a girl. I stumbled upon them next to the garage, and they were so magical, neglected, and perfect, planted many years before, and what a surprise. So they are special to me and especially to find them at the nursery here in Nevada! I bought 4 dozen as they were on clearance mid January, and I am so pleased!
I have been considering using tree staking poles to define the edges and walkway of the lily bed and pathway from the side porch. I decided against the chiquaqu fence which would have been two poles horizontally placed four inches apart on 2 foot tall pieces posted into the ground. It would have looked striking, however would have detracted from the smaller plantings, so I decided to go with poles nestled into the ground, cut at 45 degree corners and used as a formal edging. They will decay in a year or two, but they fit in nicely with the feel of Black Mountain Garden.