Don’t have any pictures from 2015 yet as it is still too early and we’ve had psychotic weather – sun shining today then crazy winds and snow showers lasting only minutes – then repeat again and again. The young plants, bulbs, rhizomes and tubers don’t mind since the soil is thawed, the days are longer now and there is no way but up towards the sun.
Here is a little more information about the new spring additions that come from tubers and rhizomes – which by the way I thought Dahlias were rhizomes, it appears they are tubers – if you want to know the distinction check out this page.
Tubers – #dahlia
Dahlia – qty 1 – 6 lei
I actually found some tubers from Dahlias that weren’t lifted out and stored and oddly (we had a very mild winter – still oddly) it was pretty much intact so I replanted it in a new location since the current bed was pretty crowded. Also purchased for 6 lei (1.50US, 1.25Euro)- actually all the plants in this post cost 6 lei – a gorgeous pink beauty. Haven’t planted the little beauty yet since it was a very wet week. The next sunny days it will get all warm and cozy in the dirt. The variety is “Purple Gem” which looks rather pink in the picture on the label. The picture above is from my balcony garden in 2014, not sure of the variety. Frankly the only thing I dislike about dahlias is that we need to lift the tubers and store them – when I’ve tried to store them they just dry out too much – any suggestions that might help me would be greatly appreciated. I think the apt is just too dry in winter.
Hosta Fortunei Hyacinthina – qty 2 – 6 lei
Low maintenance, part to full shade, hosta’s can be grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Soil should be kept moist especially in hot, sunny conditions. Dense foliage crowds out most weeds. I haven’t grown them on the balcony before this and have looked with envy upon a neighbors plant at street level. Hopefully this will do well and proliferate I love the fullness of the leaves and from the pictures so far it seems like this variety’s leaves can be a more blue green – I hope so! Not that a lighter lime green is bad, just towards bluish is my personal preference.
Astilbe ‘Brautschleier’ (x arendsii) – qty 1 – 6 lei
Astilbe are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials. Astilbe’s are generally shade lovers and come in a variety of colours ranging from pinks and reds to whites and pale yellow blooms. This variety has white flowers. For more details visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s page here.