The Helleborus have arrived!
And they are much smaller than I anticipated, but they do look like healthy plants.
The Peppermint Ruffles actually arrived in bloom – so exciting! It’s so hard to judge the size of a plant by the pictures they show in the catalog. I’m thinking that once they start establishing, I’ll be dividing and transplanting in a year or two.
I was hoping to plant by week’s end, and I was able to get them in the ground just yesterday. I’d been scouting the yard trying to determine the best location, and determined Elaine’s View the best spot – it’s shady most of the day and gets minimal evening sun. The digging was easier than I anticipated – the ground is still very wet from all the snow melt. And I was thrilled to open the composter to discover some great compost to help strengthen the soil. I worked some into the ground as I turned the small plot.
Digging like this before other perennials have started is a dangerous practice for me. As much as I think I remember the gardens from year to year, I’m always nervous that I’ll disturb a plant that I’ve forgotten about. I really must update the garden plans so I have a good map to follow!
I’m hoping that the snowdrops arrive soon so they can join the Lenten Rose in this shade garden. I’ll try them there, and can always move them if it turns out bad.
On my tour of the yard, I realized that something has been snacking on my Japanese Maple.
I’m so disappointed – I never even got a real good picture of it. I’m terrible at capturing those before shots! I’m not sure it will recover but I’m hoping. Elaine tells me that deer frequent the yard. I’ve never seen them, but she’s home more than I am so I will have to take her word for it. I’m hoping deer do not like hellebore – I must read up on that.
Just a couple of crocus are up and the daffodils are poking their heads out of the ground.
My mom tells me that April is predicted to be cooler than normal. I certainly hope this isn’t our climate changing – I can’t take much more of this cold. I need warmth, and not just a sneak peek! I’m seeing mid 30s in the 5 day forecast, and mid 50s the week after next. By then it will be April, and I really don’t want to see showers of the snow variety!