This Primula acaulis ‘Hethor’ recently came home with me from the grocery store (alongside a kingsize chocolate bar we won’t talk about). Although not quite as flashy as the Polyanthus I bought last year, it is a bright splash of colour on the windowsill while my African violets rest after a long blooming period.
P. acaulis is hardy to zone 4 and so I’d be pushing the envelope just a bit, but I think I’m going to save it over if I can and plant it out in the spring. I already grow primulas in the garden – a smooth-leaved variety I believe may be P. rubra (a friend gave me the plants years ago and she didn’t know what they were), so this P. acaulis will be a good companion. It’s worth a try, anyway.
I love the persistence of berries during winter! Not only are they amazing pops of colour in the landscape, but some of them provide sustenance for fruit-eating birds during these cold, dark days. I’ve been worrying a bit about the chickadees that have been huddling together in the lilacs in the yard – the property management company doesn’t encourage the use of feeders, so they’re not getting any sort of nut-seed mix from anyone in the complex. I wonder if I could get away with buying a block of suet and placing it somewhere deep in the shrubs?
Of course, a covert operation such as this will require significant stealth tactics and a pre-dawn launch. I’ve got the early morning part down pat, but I’m utterly hopeless at sneaky – I’m guaranteed to get caught! Oh well, it’s all for a good cause…. 😉
Do you feed wild birds during the wintertime (or year-round)? And what are your favourite shrubs and trees for winter interest?
Now, there’s a wall with some fall flowery punch! I definitely need to take a cue from the talented gardeners that make the Silver Springs Botanical Garden here in northwest Calgary such a special place to visit, and plant a few more selections that give more visual impact in late autumn. My beds are somewhat…lacking. (Well, actually, they’re covered in leaves right now so no one notices the paltry amount of flowers. At least, I hope that’s the case!). 😉
Up close, the flowers may look a bit ragged around the edges, but who cares? En masse, they are stunning.
The labyrinth is new to the Garden this year – what a lovely addition. I wish I lived in the neighbourhood so I could go over whenever I wanted to and walk or just sit quietly on the benches nearby. Unfortunately, the community I live in is quite a hike from Silver Springs.
What plants in your garden are making a statement right now?
If you had the space, would you incorporate a labyrinth into your garden design?
I’ve admired the beautiful bronze bark of this Amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii) since I discovered it and three companions a couple months ago on a site near my workplace. I will be even more impressed once the trees start blooming….
I only have to wait for a couple more weeks, right? 😉 I had to laugh when I heard the season humorously referred to as “Sprinter” – that seems so perfectly apt! More snow expected here this weekend….
Do you grow chokecherries or any other Prunus species?Which ones are your favourites?