Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

what's blooming

April 2017 Bloom Day
More early-blooming things:



Golden Whitlowgrass (Draba aurea):


Sand cherry:

White-tufted evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa):

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 nursery trip

So I decided to head out to NM Plant Co this morning (took a couple hours off from work). Turns out their official open date was Saturday. Turns out April 15 has always been their official open date, I've just never tried going that early. But they were open anyway and I wasn't the only customer there. Everything looked great, full inventory, many things not even blooming yet.

This weirdly warm spring has really messed up my sense of when it's time to BUY ALL THE PLANTS.

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Check out these crazy petunias — they're full of stars.

They also had a whole big section of dahlias! I don't remember ever seeing them here before. Either I've forgotten seeing them, they're new this year, or they sell out fast and I've never been early enough to snag any. Anyway, I was seduced — got one for the pot by the front door, even though it's a pretty shady spot. Guess we'll see.

Annuals for the front door pot:
  • 1 dahlia
    (I know it's not technically an annual, I can lift the tuber in the fall, I just haven't decided yet if I will)
  • 2 dark pink-red impatiens
  • 1 multi-colored coleus
  • 1 lime-green sweet potato vine

Herb starts:
  • 2 Genovese basil
  • 2 Persian basil
    (hopefully I won't kill it this year)
  • 2 English thyme

Also: 2 geraniums. Total was $30 and change.

Greeter dog looked like he put on a little weight over the winter, but who hasn't?