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Old 04-21-2021, 10:01 PM
 
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Today I picked up two bleeding hearts plants in the 2 gallon pots, they are a good size and blooming already. Tomorrow I will be planting them under one of the big rhododendron trees at the front of the building to fill in a now empty spot in front of the rhodo. I'm tempted to go back and get two more of them to put in the back of the building in the shade bed with the ferns, lily-of-the-valley, bergenias, columbines, coral bells and hostas.

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Old 04-22-2021, 07:37 AM
 
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Today I picked up two bleeding hearts plants in the 2 gallon pots, they are a good size and blooming already. Tomorrow I will be planting them under one of the big rhododendron trees at the front of the building to fill in a now empty spot in front of the rhodo. I'm tempted to go back and get two more of them to put in the back of the building in the shade bed with the ferns, lily-of-the-valley, bergenias, columbines, coral bells and hostas.

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Sounds like a lovely shade garden. I had similar flowers in mine when I lived in zone 5B. The sight of lily-of-the-valley blooming through the snow was an encouraging reminder of approaching warmer Spring weather after a long, dreary winter. Also had a couple of large peony bushes that were bursting with magnificent flowers every year - it’s one perennial I would love to grow again if I could (alas not in 9a).

Earlier in March, I planted a hydrangea bush in a pot, and an azalea in the ground. Both look to be thriving, so I’m looking forward to prolific blooms next year.

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Old 04-22-2021, 07:57 AM
 
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I have a lone iris plant that someone gave us as a gift. I planted it without knowing what it was and it has come up the last two years. I think if I can find out what kind of iris it is I will get a half dozen more and have a little patch of irises. I would also like to add more tulips, which the previous owners of our property planted years ago, and still come up every year. Finally, I’d like to add more lilies, preferably yellow.
Might also look into adding peonies, hydrangeas, lily-of-the-valley, and bleeding hearts - all would thrive in your area.

(Loved seeing all the tulips at the Tulip Festival in Albany)
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Sounds like a lovely shade garden. I had similar flowers in mine when I lived in zone 5B. The sight of lily-of-the-valley blooming through the snow was an encouraging reminder of approaching warmer Spring weather after a long, dreary winter. Also had a couple of large peony bushes that were bursting with magnificent flowers every year - it’s one perennial I would love to grow again if I could (alas not in 9a).

Earlier in March, I planted a hydrangea bush in a pot, and an azalea in the ground. Both look to be thriving, so I’m looking forward to prolific blooms next year.
I don't know where you live (do you get winters below 45 degrees?) but maybe you could try at least one peony to see what happens. I live in zone 9b on the west coast and have 4 peonies growing in an area that gets full sun from 7 am until 2 pm and then shade for the rest of the day. The biggest one is in a 3 ft high concrete raised bed and the other 3 are planted directly in the ground under the pieris (andromeda) trees. During the winter as long as the average daily temperatures are below 45 F degrees during December and/or January they get the winter chill they need to set blooms for the spring.

Check out the Treehugger information here about how you can "trick" peonies in warm zones: https://www.treehugger.com/how-to-gr...20says%20Gagan.

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Old 04-22-2021, 01:23 PM
 
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It gets way too hot for way too long for peonies in my area. It’s not moderated by proximity to the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean. I don’t recall even seeing any peony plants in my local garden centers.

(Tulips here are grown as annuals.)
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Old 04-22-2021, 05:12 PM
 
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Coreopsis having strong growth

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Old 04-25-2021, 09:43 AM
 
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Perennials are flourishing with last nights rain and temps continuing to rise near 85’ by the middle of the week.

Might need to stop by the nursery today and pick up a couple of the new hybrid butterfly bushes.
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Old 04-25-2021, 05:09 PM
 
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Picked up 3 butterfly bushes and cannot wait to get them in the ground.
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Old 04-27-2021, 02:25 PM
 
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I just visited a wonderful big nursery in Southern Pines, NC and picked up a few new things. Blue Pentas, deep pink geraniums, and a Hot Lips salvia. After being gone for 5 days, our garden was fine.
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Old 04-27-2021, 02:26 PM
 
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Picked up 3 butterfly bushes and cannot wait to get them in the ground.
I plan to get a couple of those also.
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