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Monday, April 28, 2014

The End Of April In The Backyard

I sometimes wonder what the folks who are here for the food think when March rolls around, and the recipes are few and far between for seven months.  Obviously we're still eating dinner every night, but the garden is way more exciting. I did make a few new recipes last week, though, one of which was voted, "make again soon", by The Dad, so I'll try to get those posted sooner than later.

On with the show....

I dug and dug for the tag for this Heuchera, and couldn't find it in my stash.
I wanna say it was peach-somethin' or other.
I've never had a whole lotta luck growing them, but this one has surprised me this year.
It may not get yanked after all.


It's under the big tree in back, surrounded by Evening Primrose.
I'm pretty sure the Hosta in the background is 'Tiara', but I have another one really similar that could also be it, so I'm not positive.
I love the yellowish edge to it.


One of the little potted trees that I've had the longest is poked in under the tree right now, too.
My little Tamarack.
Tell me he isn't the cutest dang thing you've ever seen.


They lose their needles, so every spring I hold my breath until he shows signs of life.





All my little conifers are getting their new fuzzies - love.
This guy won't get much bigger, so he's in the ground.
He's a Juniper 'Gold Cone' and right now he's only about 4 1/2 feet.






My mom got me this tree a few years ago.
It's a Japanese Cedar, aka, Crypto. J. 'Sekkan-Sugi'.
It's about 10 feet or so, in the ground, but shouldn't get too much bigger.
He's got quite a bit of brown up at the top, I hope he's okay.




The rest are in pots and, honestly, I have no idea what they are.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm terrible at tree identification.
I think this one came from the Rock Farm.




I dug this one up from my mother-in-law's property in Northern California when we were visiting nine years ago.




My mom just brought me these next two from the woods.
Legally, of course, ahem.







I have several more out front, I'll have to get pics of.

The neighbor's lilac that I steal from is solid flowers.
It's the same house with the gigantic rhody.
It's kinda nice that they don't do a thing in their yard.
It makes for a better view.





Their fence is another story.  It's Jimmy rigged in half a dozen places.
You can sort of see it leaning away from our yard in this pic.
The only thing holdin' it up at this point is all the shrubs they never prune.
Ha!


I can't remember where this fern came from.
I must have bought it, but there's no tag to be found.
I looked online and it might be Dryopteris erythrosora.
Say that ten times fast.
The new fronds are orange.
It's pretty cool.
It's just barely comin' now.




That's it for now.
It's supposed to be beautiful weather all week.
In the 80's even!
You know where I'll be.

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9 comments:

  1. I know where you will be is right! HA! Beautiful Mindy! And legally...of course! Such sweet trees! I am amazed when reading your post title...end of April in the backyard....looks like my June! And is it me or are coral bells a pain in the neck!!! I had such a great streak for a while and I have since lost my mojo with them. Yours is gorgeous by the way! My problem is is that I am drawn to them so I put to much emphasis on them and then they don't preform the way I want. I guess there's my answer! All of your green happy buds are stunning and magical! Enjoy that crazy awesome weather!!! Nicole xoxo

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  2. I am already jealous about the weather and the lilac growin so close. I decided to plant my own so I won't risk being cought when stealing few branches from my neighbour. You have a nice selection of conifers. I have only one tiny tree, that I planted this spring.

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    1. Oh man, the sun is amazing! It puts everyone in a good mood.
      I figure if the lilac branches are hanging over into my yard, they're fair game! Enjoy your new one!

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    2. It came in today through the post, so tomorrow I will be planting it:)

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  3. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Mindy! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment. So happy you did, because it brought me back to your lovely blog.
    To answer your question . . . We live in South Orange County, California . . . where our average yearly temperature is 72 degrees. I know people who grow tomatoes year round!!
    If you love gardening, then yes, Spring and early Summer must be your favorite time of year.
    I hope you come back again and visit soon, so that you can see our harvested tomatoes :0)
    Have a wonderful week,
    Suzanne
    PS The photos of your garden are BEAUTIFUL!!

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  4. I never paid attention to plant tags until I started blogging. Who cared what the proper botanical name and cultivar names were! I just cared that it was pretty. The blog has made me more disciplined, but I still end up losing plant tags!
    I love the Tamarack and the little hopeful forest finds in their terra cotta pots. It is nice of your neighbours to provide Lilacs. Can't believe it is 80 there. Lucky you! I doubt it is even 60 degrees here.

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  5. You know I had to look up Tamarack because I thought maybe you were confusing it with Tamarisk which is completely different. Your Tamarack's scientific name is Larix laricina or more commonly know as the Larch. My Tamarisk's scientific name is Tamarix. How's that for a head spin? LOL.

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