Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's New?

I attended a workshop with the Garden Writers at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and enjoyed hearing about new perennial introductions.  Many years we become very excited about new plants only to become quickly disappointed when we can't find them in the nurseries.  This time it was different in that all of these new introductions are available online or at your local nursery.

Kickin Asters
Forms a full, bushy dense mound of mildew resistant foliage, very floriferous from late summer into fall, replacement for Woods Asters

Summer Sparkles Baby's Breath
Forms a dense bushy mound that does not go summer dormant, blooms from late spring to early fall
Winter Thrillers Hellebore
50-100 blooms per mature plant, outward facing, keeps color long after they are spent, 3 - 4 inch flowers
Nepeta Cat's Meow
Keeps its neatly mounding shape all season, does not split open like Walker's Low, can be sheared to promote rebloom
Glamour Girl Phlox
A tall phlox that does not have to be staked, disease resistant foliage
Modern Daylilies
El Desperado
High bud count, foliage remains attractive all season, does not have to be cut back until late fall, more sunfast, some bloom 16 hours or more, some recommendations:  Pewter Pink, Cherokee Star, Erin Lea, Blackthorne, Marque Moon, Midnight Raider, Mighty Chestnut, Monterey Jack, Stolen Treasure
Pure Joy Sedum
Perfectly mounded, edging for front of border, bubblegum pink flowers


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Are You Ready?

I know I am ready for spring!  I see it everywhere but in the garden, all of my favorite stores know it is coming.

ORANGE is everywhere!  Here at West Elm it looks like the 60's all over again.

Succulents are all the rage, real in pots
Succulents that are real without pots
You just soak them in water every couple of weeks and they can lay out in the air without soil.
Planted in just rocks with moss
Love the orange tulips at Pottery Barn (a sister store of West Elm)
I had almost forgotten what hydrangeas look like.
Faux is getting better and better!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Real McCoy

I have collected McCoy pottery for many years and use the vases and containers throughout my home.  It is whimsical, in many colors, and has been priced well so that most people can afford to acquire some pieces.

In my home, you would never know I was a collector since I have it spread throughout.  Country Gardens magazine (January 2014) gave me a new inspiration for my McCoy pottery.

I have relocated many of my McCoy pieces to the kitchen on stainless steel shelving and above my kitchen sink.

They made vases, planters and even wall pockets (owls).
Planters that sit above the kitchen sink and a vase that was my aunt's.

McCoy began in 1848 and the trademark was abandoned in 2000.  There were many sales in between with different affiliations and names, but that McCoy name held on for 150 years.

The header is a large McCoy container (I have two) which now reside in an upstairs bathroom.  The author for Country Gardens suggests that pieces such as this be put out in the garden for the summer to add color.

I guess we should all look at what we collect, group them together if possible and think of them also as garden ornaments!