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May is magic

Wednesday 5 May 2010 - Filed under Plants

From this…
patio side garden

To that, in one week
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2010-05-05  »  megan

Talkback x 14

  1. Laura
    5 May 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    Beautiful! May is wonderful in the garden!

  2. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    5 May 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Great idea. I’m gonna go outside and take some pictures right now!

  3. hari
    5 May 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    Megan what is that chocolate-colored fern-like plant, lower right???

  4. Janet
    5 May 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    Once things start popping it really is amazing isn’t it?

  5. Loree / danger garden
    5 May 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    I second hari’s question…but lower left…I feel like I should know what it is!

    We were gone for 2 whole days and 2 partial days and I feel like many things doubled in size during that time. I love spring.

  6. megan
    5 May 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Laura – nothing better than may.
    Patricia – do share some, especially with the plants I know are going crazy out there right now.
    hari and Loree – That’s Anthriscus sylvestris ‘ravenswing.’ It’s quite hard to get a flattering photograph. It’s beautiful early in the year, then it blooms (blooming now) and looks pretty ratty the rest of the season. I tried trimming back the flowering stems, but they still got ahead of me during the work week. However, there are plenty of seedlings to share if you might want any, they self sow rather…freely.
    Janet – Everything is in fast-forward mode this time of year, I can hardly keep up.

  7. Grace
    5 May 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    I love my Ravenswing, Megan. Last year I cut the blossoms off but after hearing Barry [Teza] rave about them, I decided this year I will leave them alone.

    I had a bunch of perennials to get in the ground but figured I might as well wait until this stupid cold weather passes. It doesn’t seem to affect the plants though does it? Just my peace of mind.

    Nice healthy plants there, Megan.

  8. hari
    6 May 2010 @ 10:11 am

    Thanks! Gotta say my undiagnosed dyslexia was showing there…

    So theoretically is it that if you get all the buds it will Not get ratty?

  9. megan
    6 May 2010 @ 11:37 am

    Grace – can you believe this late season cold snap? Ridiculous, I tell you.
    Hari – or my undiagnosed dyslexia, I just assumed you meant left. The dark leaves on the right side, in case you’re interested, are disporum ‘night heron’ which is a fantastic plant! The theory is untested, but I find the post-flowering leftovers very unattractive, maybe they’d get that way even if I managed to cut off all the flowers. I’m hoping I’ll be able to divert energy to the foliage, plus they won’t seed all over the place.

  10. Jane/MulchMaid
    6 May 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    It is truly amazing how quickly things expand right now. I finally stopped waiting for the weather to warm up and planted anyway, but now I’d like it warmer enough to sit out in the garden and appreciate my hard work!

  11. hari
    7 May 2010 @ 7:26 am

    Fortunate accident this double dyslexia… this Disporum is really intriguing online… do you need to put it on a drip line to get it thru the summer? : ]

  12. megan
    7 May 2010 @ 8:58 am

    Jane – I hear that, I’m ready for the sitting outside weather. Looks like this is our weekend.
    hari – I love that Disporum, it was a happy accident, I had no idea how good it was going to be when I bought it. Took a couple years to get big enough to see how great it is. I haven’t given it any special treatment or extra water. I water when I remember. It has never looked sad or wilty, so I think it’s tougher than it looks.

  13. Victoria
    7 May 2010 @ 10:55 am

    It is magic, isn’t it? I love May.

  14. Karen
    10 May 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Wow, nice job on the re-planting! They obviously didn’t mind a bit. In fact, they are now thanking you. I swear you could see hosta leaves grow if you sat there for more than a few minutes and watched.

    I was thinking about your peony the other day as I read this while I was checking links in the botanical library knowledge base. Not sure if it applies, but it’s interesting! Pardon the long comment, I couldn’t figure out how to just send a link:

    “In common with many other plants the Chrysanthemum occasionally produces a mutation or change called a “sport.” This is a variation from the normal for a particular variety. The cells of the part or parts affected change and cause the difference. While this can occur in any part of the plant or bloom, the most noticeable is a change of flower colour. You may for example find that a white-flowered variety has changed to yellow and this can be of any degree from a stripe in one petal to a whole flower, or even the whole plant being affected. Cuttings taken from a whole plant sport are likely to stay the new colour. Where a whole bloom sport occurs they would probably need to be taken from the stem concerned. If only a petal or two, the chances of fixing it are rather slim.”
    Source: A Plantsman’s Guide to Chrysanthemems, b y J. Woolman, 1989, p. 115).