visiting a garden center somewhere in southern california
Sometime during my transformation into a gardener, I started stopping by garden centers and nurseries whenever I traveled. I'm always looking for interesting plants and yard ornamentation. You never know what you will find. Katie and Sean have tasked Pat, Annie and me with figuring out what to plant in their yard. That will be the subject of a forthcoming blog. In our touring with Annie we stopped by her local garden center. It was a marvelous place with lots of plants and stuff. I approached a nursery worker for help. We wanted to buy Annie a bush for her yard. When I explained this to the young lady, she said: "Oh her, we know Annie, She's here all the time." She took the bush I had picked and got a better speciman. We bought Annie a blueberry bush. Pat and I are going to plant one in the front yard this spring so we can compare how each is doing. I'd like to plant everything I took pictures of in our yard. I wonder how the airlines feel about carry-on plants?
This type fern was Katie's one attempt at apartment gardening. Pat and I bought it for her on our first visit. It didn't make it.
There's flowers, sunshine and bees. What am I going to do?
How could I resist taking another picture of a bee?
Finally something I recognize. It's a hellebore. I never thought of the lenten rose as a southern California plant. Maybe it's because I've never seen a yard with shade in southern California.
I never touched a plant till Pat and I moved to Cleveland from Chicago. Our house came with trees and trees and more trees. it also came with overgrown landscaping that hadn't been tended to for 15 years. Pat's always been the gardener. I love hanging out with Pat and I know how to use a shovel. Along the way I discovered a love of gardening. But first, We had to take 12 trees down and 40 dead bushes out. Hosta, ligularia, and sedum are my favorite plants.
Our yard is clay. Clay, clay and more clay. Clay all the way to the center of the earth. The people at the conservation district told us that " we're at the wrong end of the glacier". I nodded the nod of the intimidated and have repeated it ever since. We are true belivers in sweet peet and work in 15 yards every spring. Our back yard faces north and is a good 6 feet lower than the house. Most of the back yard is moist year round. Except for the north east corner, the yard is under shade or partial shade. The front yard is mainly sunny. We are in zone 5b.