The new (and the couple older) plants I put in the patio planters have really taken off. I am very happy with the Cyclamen in the small pot. It is the perfect size and pop of color. Now that I have finally given up on conifers for the planters, I find that the large grasses are great as thriller plants. The Dianthus from previous years bloomed a little a few weeks ago. Now it is the Golden Globes Lisimaquia’s turn! They came back strong this year with tons of yellow blooms – but it hasn’t draped over the side of the pot like it did last year yet. The Dichondra Silver Falls has taken it’s job as a spiller very seriously. I definitely feel like I get better at filling these planters each year.
Also, a few weeks ago, on our way to a baby shower in Cumming, we stopped by Scottsdale Farms to check out all of their plants – loved everything! I came home with a Bergenia – a shade-loving, evergreen perennial with fleshy green leaves and tall blooms (although the bloom had already come and died on mine). I had been thinking of putting out another dwarf gardenia in a bare spot in the courtyard, but this plant looked like a lot of fun. It is supposed to be good for beginner gardeners – so far, so good!
The asiatic lily I got from the clearance rack last year has put out it’s first bloom this weekend:
Another exciting event happening in our yard is the brood of Chickadees in the bird house again this year. The babies are big enough to watch out the opening for mom and dad to come with food.