Saturday, April 26, 2008
All Together Now?
Nov. 5, 2005:
Planted 100 Queen of Sheba Tulips.
Can we have them bloom along with the native columbines and red-orange oriental poppies?
Dreaming dreams, I guess...
And, wouldn’t it be nice to move the little yellow and orange leaved spirea to that area! We shall see… come spring!
For the rest of the story, read on...
The reality is... the spirea never got moved to the different location, the tulips bloomed earlier than the columbines and poppies - which did a fair job of overlapping their bloom times. See photo below. So much for daydreams.
But, don’t you think perhaps, with another year behind them and their settling in, they might sing their chorus of spring together in harmony NEXT spring?
Yes, right… dream on, oh gardener!
Spring 2008 - Time Is Moving On
Last year we moved two portions of the little shrub to the Queen of Sheba's area. The shrub is a small one that never gets very tall. The mature shrub size can be seen in the photos. Two little low branches had touched earth and rooted. Those are the ones we transplanted.
In the photo second from the top you can see its spring color. I think it is Goldflame spirea. The new spring growth is that yellow & orange color. Notice the tulip peeking through. That is one of (previous owner) Mary's old bulbs that keeps coming back year after year (and we have been here since 1989). She must have planted them around the shrub when it was new. This shrub turns green later; actually, it turns different colors and shades and tints during the growing season. I should do a through-the-year post on the little fellow. Its autumn color is the most beautiful.
The transplants are not very large this spring. A drought set in as soon as they were moved. I tried to keep them watered, but I do work with a very skippy memory. I think they are still alive, but nothing worth taking snapshots of this spring. At least they were finally moved.
I may never get it all together. Tune in next year for the rest of the story.