A lot of you have been asking about my garden. This year was tough because it was really hot on the east coast. Last year it was incredibly rainy. I’m having a hard time figuring out what works in both situations. In 2009 our rainy summer my plants got huge this year, with the severe high temperatures the plants chugged along many of them frying in August even when I watered them everyday.
I feel like I have a better understanding what does well in my area. Phlox and Echinacea (I planted Pink Poodle, White Swan, and Pink Double Delight this summer) seem to do beautifully in Marblehead. I put in Russian Sage (I found a smaller variety at my local nursery) after seeing so many beautiful examples around Marblehead and in Boston. As I plan for 2011 I choose more varieties of existing plants as well as added a few new Spring bulbs. I realized last Spring I hardly had anything blooming in early May—I have peonies but they haven’t bloomed yet. Below my shopping list from White Flower Farm. I got my plants about two weeks ago. I finished up with the tulip bulbs yesterday morning. Hopefully everything comes up next Spring, fingers crossed.
Phlox paniculata Bright Eyes (I have a white phlox that has done really well)
Phlox paniculata Laura
Bearded Iris Dykes Medal Collection (classic!)
Early Surprise Tulip Mix (For some early Spring color)
Allium Gladiator (Have two of these guys already added a few more to bloom all the way down my border)
Papaver orientale Helen Elizabeth (I have a poppy but it’s never bloomed, trying this version which I received as bareroot)
All flower photos courtesy of White Flower Farm