May 11, 2016

Got dirt?

Greetings folks.  The sun was out today and although I still needed a sweatshirt in the morning, by afternoon it was warm and sunny.  The rain is moving back and darkness is returning.  A walk around the house, as I do every spring wondering what to do with the house siding, my blue angels surprised me.  My goodness they sprout fast.
 
Each is in a different stage, from the tightly rolled cigars to the big girl leaves.



The huge Blue Angels are probably my favorite and I have shown them before. 
 
My second is a simple chartreuse that matches sweet potato vines, my favorite color to mix in with any flower.  Those vines are the deer's favorite also.  I purchased two many years ago and have asked every year since, never to find this color in a solid again.  The closest has a yellow edge but I want the solid.  A local greenhouse (DJ's in Transfer) specializes in Hostas and has a vast selection, but not this one!  We purchased several Yard Enforcers to stop the critters from eating everything.  My neighbor has used this method for years, right along the wooded areas, with great success.  Don't hurt 'em, squirt 'em.
 
This is a photo from DJ's gallery - I see so many unique plantings like this feathery white one, but with our top 8" of orange clay with unending blue clay beneath, we just waste our money. When we dug a very large hole to fill with good soil, it became a pool of water after rains.  The water can't perk through the clay so it follows the path of least resistance, my good dirt.  We've tried everything, amended with all including gypsum.  We're done!  Someone's blog showed their gorgeous landscaping and there was a sparse chartreuse tree with very short needles on weeping branches.  Loved it.  I did have the name and checked locally, they never heard of it, and I've since lost the note.  Probably best anyway because it would certainly not survive on this property. 
 
Almost done with Mary.  Have a spectacular weekend.  I'll settle for good.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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10 comments:

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your blue angel hosta is beautiful! I have clay but not as bad as yours. You win :(
Hugs :)
Lauren

Robin in Virginia said...

Your Hosta plants are gorgeous.

Truus said...

Love hostas and your blue angels are beautiful.
Have a great weekend
Greetings Truus from Holland

C. M. Designs said...

Your hostas look so nicely mulched and pretty up against your home. I love the colors.
We need to find something to deter snakes in our yard. Saw one last weekend. Not good !
Charlotte in Va.

Vickie said...

I like hostas also. I am going to settle for a good weekend as well!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I have the blue angels too but the deer love them so i dont have them for long

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, your Hosta's are beautiful, love the colours... Mine are just poking through, Blessings Francine.

Barb said...

Such beautiful Hostas!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Try Bluestone Perennials in Ohio. They have a huge selection of all kinds of plants, and their customer service is excellent.

Maggee said...

I have VERY LIMITED sun exposure on our property, and no trees (all the neighbors have the trees)... Just replanted some hostas my daughter was throwing out--we shall see! If I can get them to grow, I may get more--and I will definitely check out Blue Angels!

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