Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Planting Hostas and a Lilac

Ural Hauling Hostas

A friend was thinning out her giant hostas and offered me the change to take one home. I couldn’t resist such a generous offer and rode over in the Ural to collect the hosta. It was almost three foot in diameter. A giant. It just barely fit into a plastic storage bin.

hostas

I broke the big hosta into large chunks and planted them around one of my spruce trees. Some of the littler hunks I put with some other perennials on the side of the house. In all, the giant hosta turned into about 20 little hostas. I don’t think a couple of them will survive since they were pretty damaged while breaking the roots apart, but I hope they do. I think they will look great in the yard later.

hostas

I also planted a small lilac. I’ve wanted one for a while. I love how they smell and look. This one is supposed to only get five foot tall and round. The honeyberry bushes are in the background.

lilac

It was a great day for planting. *fingers crossed* everything will survive.

Lilac ‘Miss Kim’ aka Syringa patula. Height: 3-5’, Spread: 4-5’, Hardy to –40F.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Flowers and the First Ripe Strawberry

I haven’t spent as much time in the garden as I would have liked this spring, but I have been enjoying the flowers blooming. The peonies are looking amazing in front of the house. The flowers are so big, they are making the plants fall over.

Flowers

The lilies are also looking great!

Flowers

The strawberries have been blooming for a few weeks now, and I finally spotted the first ripe one before the squirrels. It was delicious. The honey bees must be doing a great job pollinating as this is the most strawberries I have seen on these plants! I can’t wait to eat some more!

Strawberries