Wednesday, March 14, 2007
My garden preference is toward beautiful, vivid colors. All the new Heucheras (Frosted Violet, Lime Rickey, Marmalade, Mystic Angel, and Peach Flambe...some of these names are sounding very food-like) are my favorites at the moment. They are so dramatic at any time of the year, even without their flowers. Leaf and foliage texture, like on the Heucheras, means much more to me in my garden than just the colorful flowers by themselves. Plant texture also pulls a garden through the entire year as it changes from season to season. Grasses in the garden, for example, have great texture. My new favorite grass is Panicum "Northwind." It looked so expressive in my garden this winter and still does. I hate to cut it back, but it's time for everything to fall as part of my spring garden clean up.
Travis loves to cook, so herbs are his plant of choice at the moment. He made a great bruschetta to go with dinner on Sunday. The recipe is very simple, but it tasted just like heaven:
That's all for this week. A few garden tips to remember: If you buy bare root shrubs this time of year, be sure to soak them in water several hours before you plant them. And now's the time to divide Hostas, liriope, daylilies, Shasta daises, astilbe, and coral-bells, before they begin to grow.