Tuesday, May 31, 2011
OK, so it's really Miscellaneous Tuesday but that isn't alliteration and I have a thing about alliteration.
1. Big weekend project. We had two very, very large Pieris japonica in front of our house. They were planted as foundation plants but they weren't a petite variety. Rather than prune them twice a year or allow them to block the windows we elected to attempt to move them. Here they are in their new home.
We'll have to wait and see if they survive. The Husband and I had a hard time lifting the larger one so if we didn't get a large enough root ball there is no way we could have. (Piper, our dog, is overseeing my photography).
2. I attended a work conference in Connecticut last week. This meant that Logee's was on the way home. Logee's is a complex of greenhouses that contain not-the-same-old house plants (they also have mail order). I had a hard time restraining myself. I limited myself to three new plants.
This Blue Sansevieria ehrenbergii (no common name). It does have blue-gray overtones that are not obvious in this image.
A Philodendron called Prince of Orange where the new leaves come in, well, orange. This is a bushy philodendron, not a vine.
And last, but not least, for The Husband, this Calathea lancifolia, also called a Rattlesnake Plant. [This isn't the only plant called a rattlesnake plant which is why scientific names are so valuable.] The leaves close up at night (they stick straight up), exposing their purple undersides.
2b. I also picked up this Dracena, probably Lemon-lime. But I got this one at a Big-Box retailer when I was picking up something else. I just couldn't resist! I love pale, yellowy greens, especially in combinations. And I like large leaves and strong lines. This plant has them all. So Sexy!
3. May was a very rainy month for us. And we all know what rain brings.
4. Back outside - all of my Aquilegia are blooming. At this time of the year I can hardly get enough of these plants! This one is Denver Gold.
E. Lastly here is a new requisition for the outdoor garden. I was just going to the Local Garden Center to buy some houseplant potting mix and I found this Centaurea monttana Black Sprite. What a shocking color! I hope the blooms stay easily visible. It's in the light and I'll plant paler colors around it to accent it (I'm thinking Perovskia [Russian Sage]).
I always like the odd and unusual. You, know, Edgy stuff.
That's the wrap up for this
Monday Tuesday at The Edge. It's been a busy week. The weather looks to be good this week as well so if you're trying to reach me I'll be in The Garden.