puttering with pots and plants

Coleus and impatiens

Today I realized some annuals I had been putting off planting would be lost if I didn’t get them planted. Coleus and impatiens. And a few pot-bound Fragrant Bouquet hostas.

Fragrant Bouquet Hostas

The hostas were quickly dug into the new bed or bed extension I recently completed when I planted the green strap Japanese Maple.

I also went on the offensive with poison ivy I found popping up all over the woods. Which is very frustrating because we have been working really hard to eradicate it over the past few years. I am super allergic to it. I will use poison ivy killer, but when I can I like to hire Dr. Umar Mycka’s crews. All they do is remove poison ivy. I just sent Dr. Mycka a note, actually.

A Beautiful variegated Solomon’s Seal

I also did some weeding. Because the Bishop’s Weed and Garlic Mustard are growing at a crazy rate. They are both invasive and Garlic Mustard is bad for the woods. Garlic mustard is an invasive non-native biennial herb that spreads by seed. Garlic mustard is also allelopathic and produces chemicals that inhibit the growth of other plants and mychorrizal fungi needed for healthy tree growth and tree seedling survival.

Hostas of different colors give woodland gardens color and depth

I added some coleus and impatiens to existing planters and pots. But I also potted them in four smaller pots. Of course I could be regretting potting them up today considering the fact we have a flood warning for tomorrow. But that’s gardening and these plants really needed to get out of their growers’ pots.

Golden Showers Pagoda Dogwood

Finally I checked on some things I had planted and transplanted. The variegated green and yellow leaf dogwood I moved. It’s Golden Showers, a Pagoda Dogwood.

White Azalea

The azaleas are also starting to open which is a lovely thing to see.

Happy Gardening!

One comment

  1. It is wonderful to see your woods really starting to bloom. Thanks for the tour again. I need to see if I can do some weeding of garlic mustard…perhaps a bit into the neighboring properties to reduce seeds moving back into my shade garden. A never ending battle!


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