Thinking spring

Let’s celebrate spring a little early shall we? Especially as we are supposed to get more snow this weekend and early next week.  Let’s celebrate with a What’s Blooming type of post!  Or I guess it should be What Will Be Blooming 😀

When I buy plants online, I usually use Bluestone Perennials.  I have always had good luck with their plants and when one doesn’t thrive, they send a replacement – no questions asked.  That’s good customer service.  Each Friday during February, they have a 50/50 sale, which is 50 different plants for 50% off.  So, I managed to find a few to order that will arrive in May to plant. 

This one is Agastache Raspberry Daquiri.  I am really, really hoping for hummingbirds at the Manor. I get lots of sphinx moths, but only the very occasional hummingbird. This plant should help bring them in.

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Astilbe Deutschland.  You may or may not recognize these from my old garden. I love, love the astilbes for shade and I have a whole bunch of shade to fill in my new beds. 

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And you all know I have the love for the specialty coneflowers.  This one was 50% off, so I nabbed it. Flame thrower:

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Of course, there is soooo much real estate to cover  that I could spend a mint on plants, but in order to save some money and still have a good number of blooms this year, I will be starting some plants from seed.  Here are the packets I bought:

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The columbine will be new for me in my garden. I have had delphiniums, but I didn’t grow them from seed. The marigolds and moonflower I have had as well, although the moonflower not for about 10 years!  I don’t have a lot of luck with starting seeds indoors, but I will give them another shot.

 

Ahhhh…. it feels like spring already…

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12 thoughts on “Thinking spring

  1. Kim

    Ahhhh, Spring. The flowers look beautiful, but I’m surprised you want the Astilbe Deutschland, they look SNOW.

    1. Lori Post author

      No snow! Too much green to think of snow with them. 😀

      BTW – I told John the circus joke, only he already heard it LOL!

    1. Lori Post author

      Yes. It’s called a mixed garden. I like doing both because then there are always blooms or I use annuals to fill in a spot where I am not sure what more permanent plant I want there.

  2. debby

    Yay!!! All great choices! I need to try the French Vanilla marigold seeds. I had them two years ago and loved them, and then was not able to find plants last year. I have had columbines for years, and I noticed that they are self-seeding, so I have some new volunteers, and I bought a few more plants last fall. I just bought some astilbe plants at Costco. Crossing my fingers that I have them planted in just the right place now. I love delphiniums, but have not had much luck with them.

    So fun to talk flowers with you!!
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    1. Lori Post author

      I did the marigolds from seed a few years ago and they did really well once they got going.

      I found the perfect spot for the delphiniums at the old house and hope I get lucky here. It was a spot that got shade until about 1 pm and then sun for the afternoon. They seemed to like that.

      I have been looking at the winky series for columbines, but the seeds were cheaper LOL!

  3. Molly

    Nice choices. Have you ever tried Hellebores (Lenten Rose) for shade or Torch Tithonia (Mexican Sunflowers) for sunny areas? I’ve had good luck with both. We just got 8″ of snow today – which I do enjoy – but, I too am looking forward to spring.

    1. Lori Post author

      I haven’t tried either of those because I had such a small space for gardening at the old place. Now I have tons, although a lot of it is partly shady.

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