Spring Fever (warnng - lots of pics!)

PVick(6b NYC)March 18, 2007

OK, I'm getting itchy now - no sprouts and I am ready for them! The perennials are waking up, but I still want my sprouts!!!

So, I've got nothing to do but reminisce on gardens past, and I will gladly drag you all down memory lane with me! LOL!

I've been WSing for 6 years now; my first year was the winter of 2001-2002. I can't express to you how WS soothed my soul that year. And I still think that garden - my first - is the prettiest one I've had.

One of my favorite pics from that year:

Went a little petunia-crazy!

A bit more of my 2002 jungle -

I made a lot of mistakes that year - like tossing plants that seemed to die, not knowing they were perennials going dormant. But I've gotten better over the years.

By 2003, things were looking pretty good - I was totally hooked on WS and wanting every plant I laid my eyes on.

Didn't matter that I could barely walk around out there. Got my first fig that year, too ...

Hey, I'm a gardener!! Whoo Hoo!

In 2004, we went a bit cottage-y:

or something ...

Whatever you'd call that style, I love it!

In 2005, I FINALLY got bulbs to grow for me and this lily was a beaut (alas, it did not survive the winter):

By now, since I got smarter about perennials, things are getting a even more jungly out there, Hard to find places to put your feet:

So, we arrive at 2006. Probably my second best garden; hard to pick a fav.

Maybe this one?

Or this?

or this magnificent merlin?

Hmmm, kinda like them all! Wonder what 2007 will bring?

Hope you enjoyed the trip!


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OH PV! what a treat! I remember most of these beauties when you first posted them...it's neat to look back and see how you have grown -things that have changed, and some that have stayed the same..

thanks so much for posting- I am ready for spring too!


    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 10:23AM
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ccoupkir(z5 Il)

Thanks for the wonderful pick-me-up! I cleaned beds yesterday and couldn't remember what Mystic Merlin looked like but it's coming back! Great that you have pics from each year to look back at!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 10:20AM
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newbi(NS z5)

Fantastic garden pv!!! Can I ask, how did you sow those petunias? I've never had luck WSing petunias (... although last year was my first and only try!!!) and am hoping for better luck this year. I am zone 5 and haven't sown them yet. Did you container sow them and transplant HOS or individually? Love the pics!!!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 9:38PM
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albertar(z7 LINY)

As always its a pleasure viewing your photos, keep them coming.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 5:45AM
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PVick(6b NYC)

Thanks all!

newbi - I sow petunias in containers, usually in mid-March. Most often, I prick out individual seedlings and pot them up to larger containers (4" transplant pots) until I'm ready to plant out; but that's just my personal preference. HOS should work just as well ...


    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 8:32AM
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Pvick, thanks for putting up these pictures - maybe that'll keep me going til I can get my ws babies blooming.

I happened across pictures of your gorgeous garden a while back and have been a secret lurker there since. WOW. So beautiful...gives me hope!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 11:17AM
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OMG!! It's like looking at fine art!! The colors and combinations are outstanding...after my own heart :D
Only problem is I can't be on your balcony to enjoy it!! I stuggle with design in the garden and you my dear are my new inspiration LOL!
How nice too have such a slice of heaven to come home to in NYC!



    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 1:26PM
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I really enjoyed those pictures, pvick - I always love it when you show us your plants - You are a great gardener - Carrie

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 10:14PM
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It's amazing how you created your own Garden of Eden in The "City"!
There is one picture I think is particularly lovely; (the 10th one down) with wispy white and lavender flowers and one with pink petals in the middle. Can you tell me what those flowers are? All of your pictures are stunning. Can't wait to see your pictures for this year.


    Bookmark   April 3, 2007 at 5:26AM
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PVick(6b NYC)

Thanks again, all!

Pam - the white flowers in the picture are clematis 'Sweet Autumn' (not WSed); the one in the middle is burgundy gaillardia (fall-sown in 2004 - bloomed for months and months in 2006) and the flowers in the foreground are sedum 'Neon' (again, not WSed).


    Bookmark   April 4, 2007 at 1:11AM
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