Thursday, March 13, 2008

Coming up roses ... well, not really ...

...but Toad Lilies and Mexican Flame Vines ARE coming up! These are two plants I wasn't sure I would see again after this winter, but I'm so happy that they have little green sprouts peeking up out of the ground.

I especially love the toad lilies -- they are among my favorites and someone did eat some of them last fall, so I wasn't sure I would ever see these expensive little plants again. (Someone wild, not my rascally dogs on this one!)

The Flame Vine went in last summer, so it hadn't overwintered here yet, and while it is supposed to be a perennial, you just never know, do you?!






This is where the Mexican Flame Vine will grow up!
These are those experimental daffodils that I planted in January because I hadn't gotten around to them at Thanksgiving. I hope they make it, it's supposed to be 90 F tomorrow -- think it will stunt their growth?
And, since it's going to be 90 F tomorrow, I plan to do my grocery shopping and a little work in the morning and RUSH home to plant all these guys in my garden. Below I have strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and collards. There is a stray sedum in there to put into the rock pathway, too.

Then, I am hoping to put the Thornless Mexican Lime tree and rose bush into pots and put the Japanese Red Maple into the ground. Whew...I'm tired already!

8 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

I haven't tried a toad lily, I crave one of the Mexican flame vines, and I can see you'll be busy tomorrow. Happy digging!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Toad lily! I would love to have some of that growing in our garden. Your garden is way ahead of ours. I am thrilled to have crocus blooming now. Ha... Can't wait to see your Mexican vine. I am not familiar with it. It must be a southern vine, not hardy here.

Happy planting this weekend.

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kate said...

It sounds as if you had another hot day. I hope your daffodils are okay.

I love the foliage (the flowers too) on Toad Lilies... but I haven't been able to keep them alive here. Every year, I plant one and see but so far I've not had any luck. I hope yours does well and does not get eaten by deer.

It will be interesting to see your garden after you've got the lime and maple trees in along with the roses. You must have been tired after doing all that work!!

kate said...

It sounds as if you had another hot day. I hope your daffodils are okay.

I love the foliage (the flowers too) on Toad Lilies... but I haven't been able to keep them alive here. Every year, I plant one and see but so far I've not had any luck. I hope yours does well and does not get eaten by deer.

It will be interesting to see your garden after you've got the lime and maple trees in along with the roses. You must have been tired after doing all that work!!

Diana said...

Pam - Well, as it turns out, other things, like grocery shopping, cooking and some paying work kept me from the garden all day. I was almost depressed because I so wanted to be out there. But, I did plant in the veggie garden yesterday and plan to plant today! The flame vine was GREAT color - orange and loves the sun. The toad lilies are cool, but temperamental!

Lisa - The Flame vine looks almost like Rudbekia or a zinnia with it's flowers. It really brightens up the dull fence. I love crocus, haven't had any here in a few years but they are so delicate. My first round of bulbs have died but I have a few more coming. Not sure if they will make it in the heat.

Kate - I'm not tired because I didn't get it done!!! But, like Scarlett O'Hara said, today is another day and I will be out there this morning while it's still nice! I am shocked that the toad lilies came back -- I may have to cover them with some chicken wire if I want to see them grow to be able to bloom! The things we have to do! How's the knitting? And the flu bug -- did any one else get it? We had it bad down here this year but it missed our house.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

The Mexican flame vines sound awesome.I can't wait to see the results of all your hard work! I'm dreaming of 90 degree heat! Can't wait!

Diana said...

Well, when it gets to 100 here, we'd gladly send it to you! The flame vine is great. Now I need to put morning glories on the other trellises beside it, because my DH loves them and this is the only spot in our whole property where they will grow and we can actually see them.