Friday, April 30, 2010

Planting perennials and Spiraea

Planted the First Frost Reeves Spirea in the front near the Fringetree and then planted 3 May Night Salvias, one in front by the Citrus Swizzle Forsythia and 2 in the back, one along the pool fence and one near the Dolchica Spirea. Planted a large aloe in the ground near the bird bath in the back.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Planting - purchases from Nur Car

Planted Dolchica Spirea, Magic Carpet Spirea, Kirlowi Indigofera, and Rosa's Blush Blueberry near the bird house post between the perennial bed and the golf course. Planted John Blue Blueberry along the golf course edge with the Muhlenbergia. Planted Hopley's Abelia along the strip between the croquet lawn and the golf course. Planted the Fragrant Abelia behind the garage near the screen porch. Planted Chantilly Lace Hydrangea on the second tier by the Sasanqua Camellia. Planted Giant White Calla Lily by the helipad. Planted a mammoth Elephant Ear behind the elephant.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Planted 3 Rose Creek Abelia in the front along the right property line. Also moved 5 Variegated Acorus from the pool fountain bed to the big fountain bed. Planted the Umbrella Sedge in the pool fountain bed along with a lot of Dwarf Mondo Grass. I dug up the 2 Elephant Ears by the helipad because they are spreading like crazy, and potted them up.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hardscape - edging

Finished the edging around the Bermuda and started to replace pine straw along the bed. The part behind the perennial garden is done - just need more plants!

Planting - Daylilies, Acorus

Planted 18 Acorus, 7 Stella de Oro Daylilies and 2 Pardon Me Daylilies around the fountain.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Planting - Zenobia, Buddleja, Daylilies

Planted the Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlander's Blue' and the Buddleja lindleyana that I got from Woodlanders, both in the back near the bird post. The Buddleja is replacing the Mediterranean Fan Palm that did not survive the winter. Also planted 11 Stella de Oro Daylilies and 5 Pardon Me Daylilies around the fountain.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Planting - daylilies, verbena

I planted 10 Pardon Me Daylilies around the fountain in the back and 18 Homestead Purple Verbena around the edge of the front grass. Also potted up the Tibouchina grandiflora with some Maidenhair Fern and put it in the courtyard.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mowing - bermuda

Mowed bermuda and weeds.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Planting - perennials

Planted the following plants from Santa Rosa:
Geranium Rozanne - by the golfer
Sedum Vera Jamison - in the raised perennial bed
Lavandin Provence - in the courtyard.
And these from Evergreen:
Matrona Sedum - on the second tier by the screen porch steps
Artemesia Powis Castle - by the bird house post
Stokesia Purple Parasols - on the second tier by the screen porch steps
Scabiosa Butterfly Blue - on the second tier by the screen porch steps
3 x White Carpet Phlox - on the second tier by the screen porch steps
Salvia Marcus - by the bird post.
From Goodness Grows, x pardancanda 'Lollipop' - on the second tier by the screen porch steps.
From Thyme after Thyme, Buddleja Bicolor.
Replaced one Lantana from the right side of the driveway with another cutting.
Replanted the supposed Sun Coleus from the golfer bed in the courtyard.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


The purple iris are just starting to bloom, Tango Weigela started a few days ago and now the Variegated Weigela is blooming too. The Kalmia buds are getting ready to burst.

Planting - perennials and cuttings

In the courtyard I planted a Vitex trifolia cutting from last Autumn. I planted another in the front next to the Magnolia and one by the pool near the Cannas. Also I replaced the one by the retaining wall in the back with a cutting.
By the bird bath I planted a Caradonna Salvia and then a Mexican Variegated Sage by the gatepost - a cutting replacing the one from last Summer. By the opposite gatepost I planted a Pineapple Sage cutting.
In the raised perennial bed I planted an Arizona Sun Gaillardia, a Purple Knockout Salvia and a Hot Lips Salvia.
By the pool near the Cannas I planted two dark Elephant Ears and by the Agapanthus, a Bright Edge Yucca.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hardscape - bird house and bird bath

We put up the post for the bird house and set up the bird bath in the front.


Mowed all the centipede for the first time.

Planting - Amarylis and Sedum

I dug up the Sedum that was at the Willow Lake house, transplanted from NC, and planted it around the bird bath which set up in the front across from the TV room window. I also took some Amarylis from Willow Lake and planted them in front of some Cannas around the pool.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New plants

Potted up the following that I received from Santa Rosa today:
Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune'
Arondo donax 'Peppermint Stick'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret'
Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Cyperus involucratus

Hardscape - retaining wall

Built a mini retaining wall in front of the fire hydrant for the Cabaret Miscanthus.

Planting - Lamb's Ears

Planted 3 Lamb's Ears that Ruth gave me in the tiered retaining walls.

Planting - Lantana

Planted the remaining 5 Lantana along the driveway and the street.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Planting - elephant ears, mandevilla, rosemary

I planted a black elephant ear by the pool fence next to the Bengal Cannas. Then I transplanted the Rosemary from the cutting bed to the side of the conservatory between the Dogwood and the Magnolia. I also planted the Mandevilla under the frame I got from the J&P outlet, behind the garage so we can see it from the screen porch.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hardscape - edging

Started digging in the edge stones for the bermuda lawn. Digging down and then adding gravel and putting the stones on top. Got only 38 done before I gave up from exhaustion.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Planted the Camellia handelii 'Snow Bells' in the back behind the garage, Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' on the corner of the screen porch, Rosebud Salvia and Pineapple Sage along the pool fence by the perennial bed, Mexican Variegated Sage and Sensation White Salvia in front of the screen porch. The Salvias had all been overwintering in the conservatory except for the Sensation White which I got on sale at Lowes. Also planted the Angel's Trumpet grown in the conservatory from a cutting from Linda by the side of the croquet lawn and Spiraea thunbergii 'Fujino Pink' between the Loquat and Mary Nell on the property line. Finally Euonymus alatus 'Cole's Select' in front of the AC units.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Moved the plants out of the Conservatory and put them in the garden in pots.


Mowed the weeds along the property line and the Bermuda on high to reduce the weeds!


Moved the Princess Bush, Tibouchina urbilleana, out of the conservatory and planted in the courtyard. Also planted the Schefflera arboricola out in the courtyard and the Foxtail Fern, Protasparaus densiflorus, and Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium nidus.

Friday, April 09, 2010


Planted the Cyrilla parvifolia on the back right property line and the Calypso Oleander on the back left property line. Both from Nurseries Caroliniana. Also planted the replacement Gardenia that I got from McCorkles along the pool fence. Potted up the Chase Manhatten Ginkgo, Abutilon megapotaminum variegatum and Acalypha pendula from Avant Gardens. Planted the two Cannas that I grew from seed last year and overwintered in the Conservatory, by the pool. Moved a Maidenhair Fern from the conservatory to the courtyard and planted it out and potted the Rhubarb Elephant Ear, Variegated Alstroemeria and another Maidernhair Fern in a large pot by the helipad. Planted the Shrimp Plant and a black Elephant Ear from the conservatory in the second tier retaining wall by the helipad.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Planted 5 more Lantana, Thuja, Cordyline

Planted 5 Lantana grown from cuttings and overwintered in the conservatory, along the left edge of the driveway. Also planted a Thuja plicata 'Pygmaea' in the perennial bed where the Eurya used to be and the Cordyline had been transplanted to. The Cordyline has produced a 'baby' so I potted that up.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Planting - Potatoes

I put 30 potatoes, a mix of Peanut and Red Thumb Fingerlings in the MV plot. Also did 3 in pots at home.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Planting - Agapanthus, Lantana

Planted 2 more Agapanthus in the perennial bed, 1 was Bressingham Blue and the other was from NC. Also planted 8 Lantana from cuttings overwintered in the Conservatory, along the right side of the driveway.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bald Cypress, Distylium, Rosemary, Agapanthus

Moved the Bald Cypress to the property line to make more room for other trees. Moved the Rosemary in the bed by the screen porch so that it defines the corner better. Also planted 3 Agapanthus from NC that were overwintering in the Conservatory. Planted the Distylium myricoides in the front near the Fringetree.


Switched the irrigation on and made sure all was working right. 85 degrees this afternon (45 this morning).