Thursday, December 28, 2006

More seeds arrived....

I ordered some more from Diane's Seeds.
Collinsia heterophylla

I first saw these in Kerri's blog, I remember there was some type of going back and forth as to whether this was Monarda Lambada, or Chinese Houses. The Monarda is only hardy to Zone 6, so I couldn't grow that. But these are nice, don't you think?

Verbena bonariensis

I know this one about took over in Memphis, but I do love it and it attracts the bumbles and butterflies! I have a lot of room and a lot of time, so I will just stand back and let it grow!!

Aquilegia alpina

Alpine Columbine. Only had the pass along columbine in the south. It was rangy and had those leaf miners terrible!!
My favorite book right now is The Well Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. I love love love this book. I got it for Christmas. I have read it twice. I wonder if she has a blog.
Anyways, she writes about the alpine Columbine, "...alpine columbine is my favorite species. Will seed, but not to nuisance level." How wonderful!!
Diane Seeds has been very prompt and filled my orders within one week, both times. She has also given me free seeds both times I ordered. Nothing exotic, but it's still something for nothing! (cornflower once, viola once!!)


  1. Sissy... I got your comment about looking for pictures of my vegetable garden... try this link...

    and maybe this one

    and here is how I make the raised beds

    By the way I no longer use Round Up to kill the grass. I just smother it with newspaper

    Hope this helps!

  2. Sissy, Love your New Year's Background. It's so sparkley and pretty!

  3. I still have alot to learn. I thought verbena wasn't hardy to zone 5. There are so many varieties of different plants that I get confused. I love the columbine. I have some purple but I don't know if it is alpine.

    I love your new background! How'd you do that?

  4. There is an area in our garden that is full of Aquilegia plants. I try to thin them out every year but they come back again. Even though they can be a nuisance with spreading so quickly they are very pretty plants and I look forward to seeing them every year -they make the garden look very colourful.

  5. I'm not sure which I find more appealing the pics of the plants or the Christmas spread you had. LOL.

    Maybe the plants when I have a full stomach.

  6. I'm still puzzling over Collinsia. Those in your picture are short (as they are in my plant encyclopedia) but mine were tall (about 4ft). I saw them on Dave's garden..exactly what I have and it was called Collinsia, or Chinese Houses. However Snappy in the UK called it Monada Lambada (as labeled on his seed package).
    You could easily grow Monarda (a.k.a. bee balm, bergamot). It's perennial here in our zone 5. I'd give you plants if we lived closer. I could send you seeds though, next (late) summer. I also have the alphine columbine. Mine self seeds like crazy, so watch it.
    You're going to have a beautiful garden!


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