The Arch City Gardener

Journeys In St. Louis Gardening and Beyond


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In the Swing of Spring

Here’s a quick peek at the goings on in my Arch City backyard. So happy it’s spring!

Japanese Maple April (2) (960x1280)

Bloodgood Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) starts to leaf.

Tulips April (1280x960)

Pretty pink tulips in bloom. Fond reminders of a family trip to the Netherlands last fall.

Clematis April (960x1280)

Clematis begins its winding growth. Transplanted in the fall from a container, it seems to like its new spot. This is the second year for this plant and I think I’m falling in love! 🙂

Japanese Forest Grass (1280x960)

Bright chartreuse and green leaves of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) after a rain.

Rain barrel and rhodos (960x1280)

Pretty pink and purple rhododendron in full bloom. Note the rain barrel in the back. More about that in a coming post.

Penstemon April (960x1280)

Husker Red penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) bursting forth. This is one of my favorites. I love the purple/green leaves with red veining. Before too long it will be in bloom.

Astilbe April (1280x960)

Hairy stemmed astilbe (Astilbe chinensis) are planted near the Japanese forest grass. But there are other signs of life in my shade garden: pointy tips of hosta emerging, curly coral bell (heuchera) leaves, rosy colored  tips of Solomon seal (polygonatum biflorum), lemon-lime creeping Jenny (lysimachia nummularia), and soon, ferns, glorious elegant ferns.

VegTrug April 1 (1280x960)

The great seed planting experiment shows signs of life: cool season greens and brocolli.

Rain Gauge April (960x1280)

Spring rainfall, cool night time temperatures and warmer days make possible all of the above.

 

 

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One More…Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, A Day Late

GBBD May feature

The window bed in bloom, looking out to the new south fence bed.

It only takes one to bring up the rear in a parade. The parade may have gone by for yesterday’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, but my garden is not out of step this lovely month of May. It is displaying the benefits of the perfect spring weather we are having in St. Louis.

GBBD 6 May (960x1280)

Baptisia australis

GBBD5 May

Rosa Radrazz

GBBD 3 May

Salvia sylvestris and Rosa Radrazz

GBBD 7 May

Hydrangea quercifolia

GBBD 4 May

Penstemon digitalis

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Biokova karmina and salvia sylvestris