Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! (& a wishlist)

Good-bye 2009, Hello 2010!

Anna, over at greentapestry wrote a beautiful New Year's post, and included a "New plants wishlist for 2010". I think it's a wonderful idea, and I've decided to do the same. This way, I can refer back here and add as needed. We wouldn't want to forget anyone, would we? ;)

Here's my list to date, only the must haves (supplier in brackets for future reference):

Blue Himalayan Poppy Meconopsis 'sheldonii' (Holes, order seeds too)
Dianthus 'king of blacks'(Holes or local)

Lilac 'wonderblue' (Holes or local)
Hydrangea 'Incrediball' and maybe 'endless summer'. local
Peonies: Bowl of Beauty and Festiva Maxima (both local - confirmed :) ), space permitting.

Cool Splash Dwarf Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia 'LPDC Podaras') local
Roses: 2-3, with blended colurs (such as yellow/pink, inspired by the beautiful 'Durban' rose)
possibilies inculde: Morden Sunrise, Prairie Sunrise, & Sunrise Sunset

Oriental Lilies, possibly white with pink centres.

Dahlia 'Mystery Day' or the stunning 'Edinburgh' (I have to make sure they can grow here) local -bought!

Tiny Tim Tomatoes (& 2 other cherry tomatoes) in a pot.

Strawberry plants, for the hedge corner

Possibly Green Onions

Plan for around Mme Lemoine Treeform:

Russian Sage x2

Astillbe (white? 2-4)

Shasta Daisy, Becky? NOT Snowcap x2

Festiva Maxima Peony

More Dwarf Blue Balloon Flowers for the base of the clematis.

Annuals: Blue Star Petunias, Blue/White Lobelia, Yellow Snapdragons, Tigereye Gold Rudbeckia

I also plan to add a few new sculptoral elements, starting with this guy.

And to have more plants and blooms indoors, here is narcissus 'tete a tete':

What's on your wishlist for 2010?


  1. It is an exciting new year for gardening! Your selections sound lovely.

    My main ambition this year is to get the hardscaping underway and finalize the tree plan for the south facing area of the garden. I also want to deepen some of the beds the landscapers put in last summer as I suspect they will be too shallow in no time.

    I too am coveting 'Limelight' (probably more than one) as well as trying a 'Quick Fire'.

    Have you tried the Morden Sunrise rose as a blended rose? It is yellow, apricot and a hint of blush and is extremely hardy.

    Happy New Year to you!

  2. Hi Ms S, I will also be expanding beds. They are so hard to dig out, but fill in so quickly.
    Quickfire is lovely too, I have considered it as well. Limelight is so pretty when green, I would definitely bring them in! Thanks for the rose suggestion, Morden Sunrise is extremely beautiful and is on my short list. I haven't had roses before, since a criteria I've always had (for gardening with pets & kids) is that plants have to be touch friendly. But since starting new beds in the front of the house, I've decided to relax that rule, and only adhere to it strictly in the back. Will you be adding new trees, or working around existing ones?

  3. Happy New Year! I love your choices! Roses and hydrangeas are two of my very favorites. So far I know I want to get one more David Austen rose, but I need to enlarge a bed to make room for it. There are also several Clematises as well.
    It's fun making wish lists like these!

  4. Oooh, a plant wishlist.... Far too difficult for me to do as there's just so many... My wishlist on a website contains a huge long list of plants at the moment.

    Meconopsis is definitely on there somewhere :)

  5. Hi Catherine, It is fun to make lists, espeically when there's nothing else to be done at the moment. Clematis are beautiful, I added my first last year (H.F. Young) and now I'm trying to pick locations for more vines & trellises.

    Hi Liz, Meconopsis is a special beauty, I can't wait to try it. I've heard it's quite finicky, we'll see what happens.

  6. Happy New Year Rebecca!
    I don’t have flowers/perennials wishlist yet, but it will include some roses and some herbs for sure, as I planning to have a herb bed.
    Currently I’m planning vegetables garden and writing down my veggie seeds wishlist.

  7. Thanks for the link Rebecca :) Your wishlist sounds fun. I must admit that I could find a home for that delightful little froggy too!

  8. I make plant wish lists all winter too! We can only dream of growing Blue Poppies here. I can see why they're on your wish list, they're so beautiful.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Hi vrtlarica, a herb bed sounds lovely, and is something I might attempt one day. If you are buying vegetable seeds you should have a look at this site, I don't think they ship outside of the US (so I can't order either), but the packaging is just gorgeous.

    Hi Anna, You're most welcome, I hope you don't mind that I stole your idea. I'm glad I found the outdoor frog, after buying the indoor frog kind (in my banner), I was hoping to find something similar outside. If you can't shop for plants, the next best thing is other gardening items.

    Hi sweetbay, What zone are you in? I'm in 4 and they are borderline hardy here, depending on location. 'sheldonii' is known to be quite hardy, so definitely worth a try.

  10. Hi Rebecca, I will be adding new trees, as well as working with existing ones. Along the back of the property there is a run of 5 mature spruce. As well, we have a very small blue spruce my dad started from a spruce cone for our son. I want to create some privacy on the south facing side as well as match the height of the spruce, however I also want to have planting space underneath for shrubs and perennials as this is my sunny spot.

    It's a good thing gardening teaches us patience! :)

  11. Hi Ms S, it's so nice to have mature trees as a backdrop, and the new blue spruce sounds very sweet. I agree about learning to be patient.

    One more question for you, I remember you said that your neighbour has limelight, how big are they? I find it difficult to just rely on planting tag info, since it isn't always accurate for all zones. Thanks. :)

  12. Hi Rebecca, the Limelight look to be about 3 ft tall, maybe a little more. They were just put in this year, however, so it will be interesting to see how they fare in the new season. I must say, their shape is lovely even in winter.

  13. Happy New Year Rebecca. What a great wishlist. I put in 2 Limelight hydrangea this summer, to test their winter hardiness before investing in a large number of them. I will let you know what happens in the spring.
    Both you and Teza have meconopsis on your plantlist, I will watch and see how you do, they are gorgeous!

  14. Hi Ms S, Thanks for the info, definitely let me know how they do this year.

    Hi Deborah, I'm looking forward to your limelight update as well, It's a great idea to test a plant before going all out. I'm glad someone else will be trying meconopsis, I've heard they can be very disappointing, but I'm hoping they like the spot I've chosen for them. I will order plants, since they are difficult to start from seed.

  15. Hi Rebecca, great picks I think for your wishlist. I have one hydrangea paniculata 'pink diamond' (rated zone 3), but it dies back to the snow line each winter. Summers it wants to flower, but we run out of good weather before it does.

    I agree with you and the others that meconopsis is a must. I tried to germinate a package of seeds last spring, but no luck. Not following the directions for germination didn't help any. We'll try again this spring.

    We're trying to overwinter two dwarf lilacs, 'bloomerang'. If successful, we'll order more. Like 'Josee' they're supposed to bloom all spring and summer long. We'll see.

    Happy New Year, Rebecca.

  16. Oh, there's your post lol. It must have been floating around the ethernet for awhile. I replied on your blog. :)

  17. Great idea, but my most important item in my wish list for a while is that I be able to grow my first veges!!!! (Im laughing!)
    I joined Blotanica as you mentioned and got some really nice feedbacks from the contacts!
    Happy 2010 and keep it up! How's the weather in Canada? Too cold? Here in NZ is the beginning of summer, and in Auckland today we had around 16 degrees all day! Greener than ever!

  18. Wonderful idea, Rebecca! I just this morning began the new list for 2010, (must get used to typing and writing that!). It has one plant, Haloragis erecta 'Wellington Bronze', just seen in Nan Ondra's three neat plant post at her blog, Hayefield. I seem to have lost last year's list, but that's okay. Starting anew is perfect. :-)

  19. Hi Rick, Best of luck to you. I find veggies to intimidating, since you are after an end product. It is very cold here and we have been under a blanket of snow for some time, we aren't likely to see any growth til ~April.

    Hi Frances, Thanks for visiting my blog. You are very lucky to be starting the year with one plant, although I'm sure more will be added before long. It's amazing how many plant ideas we get from other gardeners.

  20. Hi Rebecca,

    I love your wish list, I haven't made one yet! Happy New Year to you... and I love your choice for garden art, too cute!


  21. Hi Rosey, Glad you like my frog. Good luck with your list, it's so much fun to put together. :)

  22. Rebecca girl I love your list ! I can recommend any of the "Morden" rose line very much indeed and especially Morden Sunrise .. that was my first Morden rose and it is a beauty !
    I love your frog .. I start cruising "Home Sense" in February for garden art and they have some wonderful pieces like that !
    My wish list .. many heuchera, tiarella and heucherella are involved along with a major tree .. that Korean Maple I am so obsessed with. I have to replace that sad sad lilac that is such a disaster .. I love making a plant wish list and reading other gardener's lists .. although doing that makes my list longer ? because I love their choices too ?? LOL

  23. Wonderful selections, Rebecca. I love making wish lists, although if I intend to purchase all of the plants on mine, I am going to need a second job... perhaps at a nursery!! I just love the blue Himalayan Poppy, and look forward to finding a spot for them this spring.
    I look forward to seeing your daffodils in the spring. Happy New Year!!

  24. Hey Joy, Glad you like my list, it was fun to make and has gotten about 3x longer since I first wrote the post (I've been adding). I found the frog in the garden centre at Canadian Tire, they still have a few items left. You have a great list too, and yes, visiting other blogs makes the list longer lol. Have fun with your new maple. :)

    Hi Liisa, Thanks so much for visiting my blog, another HBP fan I see. It does get extreme with all the additions, but who can help it? I look forward to the daffs too, I find bulbs stressful and have my fingers crossed anxiously that they are still ok and will emerge. Happy New Year to you too!

  25. You have quite a list... beautiful selections. I don't have a list yet but a few do crop up in my mind.... cheers, ~bangchik

  26. Hi Bangchik, it is becoming extensive quickly. I'm not sure if I'll have room for everyone, it's hard to tell under all the snow.

  27. Rebecca I couldn't get that blogspot to work but after reading your plan for watering in a new plant .. my god girl ! you are way past me for being so good to your new plants in the garden ! I am flying by the seat of my pants most of the time .. and I do feel such remorse about M.LeM. I truly loved the beauty but tried a pruning technique that was never really meant for lilacs .. and if I get a spot that is perfect for her again .. well I would love to have those amazing white flowers.
    You live in a harsher zone than I do and you are doing a fantastic job !! Have you done the Korean Maple ? .. I am so intrigued I am determined to hunt one down some where and that is what is going in the corner from the Mad.LM .. I hope it all works out;-)

  28. Late comment here, (sorry I missed this post !)

    Great list Rebecca ! I love those poppies !

    Again this year, my efforts will mainly be going towards the vegetable patch. As far as the garden is concerned, there is a patio and pergola project in the works (budget permitting). If that happens, there will be lots of re-arranging to do and many plants will have to go. As much as it pains me (and it will !), I'd really like to simplify the planting and keep only the very favourites and/or happiest. (On the bright side, I will delight in sharing my discards with friends and neighbours). Ultimately, I'm aiming for a more natural look. New additions will include native flowers and grasses.

    Happy 2010 ! Here's to a great gardening season !

  29. Hey Joy, I know I baby new plants, but the climate kind of demands it. I've also had some VERY bad pruning moments. I have a big hole in a little willow, I hope it fills in this summer.

    miss m, no worries! Your projects sounds wonderful, pergolas are beautiful. Simplifying is always a good idea. Your neighbours & friends are very lucky. The natural look will be beautiful, I look forward to your blog updates.

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