Published On: Sat, Apr 1st, 2017

New Plants: Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail, Snapdragon, Silene Rolly’s Favorite, Zonal Geraniums

With the winter freeze in the past and new stock on the shelves in the stores, it’s time to get my hands dirty again.   I’ve added some new plants around the house, mostly potted plants, and took a brief inventory of how the current plants have made it out after the freeze.

Snapdragon

In the smallest pot we have, I planted an annual plant that requires full sun.  For now it’ll be on the rail on the back deck where it’ll get plenty of sun.  We’ll see how it does when I can’t get to watering it until later in the day when I get home, being that the smallest pot also has the smallest watering tray.

Snapdragon
Snapdragon
Snapdragon
Snapdragon

Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail

For one of the larger pots, but not that large, I got a plant stand to put where once we kept the Panama Orange (Calamondin) tree.  In just one year, it has grown just enough where keeping it by the steps was annoying, having to brush it aside to get down the steps.  Instead, there’s a plant called Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail.

Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail
Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail
Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail
Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail

Panama Orange (Calamondin) Tree

Speaking of the citrus plant, I finally put it back outside on the deck.  If for no other reason, I kept forgetting to water the thing and it’s about to be the rainy season.  When I got it, it was maybe a foot or two tall.  Now, including the pot, the thing is as tall as I am.

Panama Orange (Calamondin) Tree

In one of the other pots, one I was planning on planting something new this year, apparently there’s already another plant still in it.  I can’t remember for the life of me what was in the pot, but something has poked through the dirt.

Persian Lilac

Another plant making a comeback is the Persian Lilac.  I recently clipped the shoots down to a few inches from the soil, saw a few leaves making an appearance, but it looks like it’s really starting to come back to life.  Last year, it looked like it wasn’t going to make it, after having to re-pot it after it protested being in a fully shaded area on the north side of the house.  But, well, let’s see if this thing ever gets back to where it was when I bought it.

Persian Lilac

Silene Rolly’s Favorite

Next to the Persian Lilac is a new plant called Silene Rolly’s Favorite.  When I got it, I just grabbed whatever was closest, and it doesn’t look to be in the best of health, but looks are usually deceiving with buying a plant off the shelf of a store.  I’ll prune or deadhead it later and it’ll bounce back.

Silene Rolly's Favorite
Silene Rolly's Favorite
Silene Rolly's Favorite

Zonal Geranium

Last year in the garden bed in front of the house, we planted some flowers that did quite well.  I didn’t keep track of what they were, but I’m sure they were Zonal Geraniums, so I planted more of them, this time on the side of the house.  The amount of light is about the same, maybe less on the north side of the house, but I’m hoping they’ll do as well.

Zonal Geranuim
Zonal Geranuim
Zonal Geranuim
Zonal Geranuim

Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia tree across from the Zonal Geraniums started to bloom early.  But a late winter freeze came through and I don’t know how it’s going to fair.  One of the larger blooms is falling apart already.  Another bloom looks like it it relatively insulated during the freeze, but we’ll see what happens from here.  But the leaves are started to grow on the tree, so the tree in general is fine.

Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree
Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree
Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree
Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree

Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood

Speaking of trees, the Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood in the front yard is starting to show signs of life.

Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood
Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood
Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood

And finishing up in the front of the house, we planted some perennials last year in the garden bed.  I think they were lilies.  Whatever they were, they’ve broken ground.

Lilies
Lilies
Lilies

So that’s where we are right now.  The weather has broke.  I hooked the hose back up.  I still have a few areas and pots to plant plants.  I applied some mulch, some fertilizer, some new soil.  I think I’m starting to figure out this gardening/landscaping thing.

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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.



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