Northern Gardening forum: Spring Perennials (2013)

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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 3, 2013 7:27 PM CST
Find all the exposed earth, at this time of the growing season, a bit stressful.

Pictures all taken yesterday or today.

Difficult to decide what to do about ephemeral spreaders moving into other perennials that bloom at this time of year.
e.g. yellow Anemone ranunculoides.
I find part of the problem is me disturbing the rhizomes by working the beds (including adding/replacing perennials) in the previous year.
Today:

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Largest amount of perennial colour currently is lungbanes.
Seems that it's the two species lungbanes I have that bloom first:

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First primulas:

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First Brunnera:

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Double blood root:

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Cheating: a hellebore I just bought:

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Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
May 3, 2013 7:51 PM CST
Nice Charlie, Thumbs up what variety is the 2nd primrose picture, It has really pretty foliage as well as pretty flowers. Does your double blood root spread very quickly? I've had mine for years and it hasn't spread much at all.

We've been so cold the only thing that's started blooming is the crocus. It was only 20 degrees when we got up this morning and not much over 40 today so I haven't hardly been out in the gardens,
plus the 2 of my grandkids have been here the last couple of days so no time. It is suppose to warm up for the next few days anyway. Hurray!

Caroline I'm so excited for you that you are finally getting some nice weather! Smiling
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 3, 2013 8:00 PM CST
Very pretty.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 4, 2013 7:58 AM CST
Thanks Sue, Rita.

It's Primula marginata 'Mauve Mist'.
Only got it in later fall, last year,
(plants being sold off), so no experience with growing it.

Had that double blood root probably five years and, as with your experience, Sue, it's hardy spread at all.
Did have to replant it last fall and seems fine.

Had to dispose of some single blood root, last year, for spreading too much.

Definitely your turn to get some decent weather, Sue.
Nice to have the kids around (when not too busy gardening?).
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 4, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Lovely blooms Charlie, I really like Primula marginata 'Mauve Mist'.

It's going to be warm and sunny here for at least a week, in the 80's by Monday, everything is growing and sprouting very well in the garden, looks like I lost only one daylily, it was a prolif and I think it didn't like where it was planted.

Sue and Caroline you both deserve some decent weather. nodding
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 4, 2013 4:21 PM CST
Thanks, Margaret.

Me too.
I like all colours (whatever works in the garden),
but I particularly like colours that are a combination of blue and red,
mauve included.

Glad your garden's really coming along.

Hope the daylily was not a favourite.
Generally, I take losing plants as an opportunity to plant (hope not to buy) new/different ones,
but there's a few dozen, we have, that I especially like.

Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
May 4, 2013 6:10 PM CST
Thanks for the info Charlie, I looked up the primula and it is an Auricula. None of my Auricula's have foliage that is that pretty! Good news is that it is hardy to zone 3. Hurray!
Sorry about your plant Margaret, especially if it was a favorite but I'm like Charlie it's just a chance to try something new! So glad for you that your weather has warmed up,
I'm sure mine will sooner or later but it only got up to 39 today. Blinking
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 6, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Continuing later bulbs here with early perennials:

Tulips today in one of my gardens (Mrs L's garden) in Aurora;
namely, one I installed and maintain.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 6, 2013 1:53 PM CST
It looks beautiful!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 6, 2013 3:46 PM CST
Very nice, Charlie, you do good work.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 6, 2013 4:37 PM CST
Thanks, Rita, Margaret.

Think I did what Mrs L. wanted.
(She likes traditional tulips.
Me too, but we don't have the space in our small garden.)

She's a great person to work for.
She delegates and lets me go with what will work for her property.

All I require myself to do is to get it right.
Quite a learning challenge!




Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
May 6, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Well, you have done it marvelously.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 6, 2013 5:20 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:Well, you have done it marvelously.


I agree Thumbs up
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 6, 2013 6:41 PM CST
Thanks, Folk.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 8, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Charlie - If you cross the border, please come to MN and design my gardens!! Smiling You have a wonderful eye for color/plant combinations! Lovey dubby
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 8, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Not so sure about my designs, Christine.
A lot of it just happens.

Off to the botanical gardens near Niagara Falls.
Those people really are organized.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
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Christine27360
May 8, 2013 8:28 AM CST
Well you can "just happen" in my garden any time!! Thumbs up
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
May 8, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Christine27360 said:Well you can "just happen" in my garden any time!! Thumbs up


I agree
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 13, 2013 10:02 PM CST
Was away in Niagara-on-the-Lake (zone 6b).
Everything more advanced than here.

Tulips at the Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens.

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Perennials.

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Use most of the range of perennials, I recognized there, here (zone 5b).
Things just not as advanced.

Our own small garden today:

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Closer:

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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
May 13, 2013 10:38 PM CST
Charlie, I love the first photo of the purple/lavender tulips at the Botanical Gardens.

Looks like lots happening in your garden, you have a lot of lovely blooms. Thumbs up


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