Getting ready for spring!

It’s cold right now, but we are supposed to have temps reaching almost 60 next week!! Plus we can see the ground because the snow is pretty much all melted. That makes me want to talk gardening, so I will do that here. John’s eyes glaze over a lot when I’m talking about the garden  😆  At least he can name some plants now, which is a start.

I am making plans for the gardens — like I haven’t been doing that all winter, right?  I did a lot of plant shopping in January at the 50% ordering sale from various vendors. Good thing I did that before all the medical bills came or I wouldn’t be ordering anything now  🙄 

Some of what is coming include an Annabelle hydrangea:


I got this because it is cold hardy to zone 4. It will grow to 5 feet or a little more, but I got a small baby one for cost reasons.

These are from American Meadows (I’m using their pictures). That’s a new company for me. I got some iris rhizomes from them last fall and decided to order again.

One of my goals with my garden is to be pollinator and bird friendly. On the bike paths, we see a lot of Joe Pye Weed and it is a butterfly magnet. However, it grows 6 feet tall and that’s just too big for my garden. I was really excited to see they have come out with a baby Joe!  And it was 50% off, so I about punched a hole in the keyboard getting that into my cart.


This will only get 2-3 feet tall, so a good size for a backyard garden.

I’m also in love with floxgloves. I had a couple last year and  Debby sent me some pretty white ones. American Meadows had one on sale that I probably bought more for the name: Candy Mountain.



Remember that song from O Brother Where Art Thou?

Oh, I’m bound to go where there ain’t no snow
Where the rain don’t fall and the wind don’t blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains


So yeah, I’ll be singing that when I’m working in the garden. 

American Meadows has a sale going on now. It’s not 50%, but discounted at any rate. (Do not purchase anything, Lori)

I’ll talk about the other orders in the future. It will be like Christmas come May!

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10 thoughts on “Getting ready for spring!

  1. Kim

    Ha, Big Rock Candy Mountain is in our band method book. Great for 8th/16th combinations. I have been told by kids it is in O Brother Where Art Thou?, but I’ve never seen it.

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s a really catchy tune, but from what I understand, the lyrics were pretty racy for the time and later versions were much edited 😀

      See that movie – it’s very good! The soundtrack is fun, too.

  2. debby

    They are really coming out with some beautiful foxglove colors now. I want that one! Now what is the difference between the hydrangea you are ordering and the one you already have in your yard? Maybe its more upright? I can’t tell from the picture. But I love hydrangeas. I pruned mine according to directions last year, so I am hopeful for a good show this year. They look very healthy so far. Can hardly wait for your garden to start blooming!!
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    1. Lori Post author

      It’s the same type of hydrangea (paniculata), although I don’t know the specific cultivar of the one in the back. I have another one that I put in front as well, which is the strawberry sundae. The annabelle will also go in the front. We have the other half of the front of the house to renovate this year, including more shrub removal. Ugh. However, that means more room for plants!!!

    1. Lori Post author

      I will have 3 hyrdrangea now. It’s been so great at this house having a lot more room for gardens!

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