I've done some more planting in the roof garden. All the lavender plants are now in. I put in a row of the dwarf white lavender 'Coconut Ice' under one of the headhouse windows. I like the idea of a lavender hedge but when I went looking for photos of 'Coconut Ice' to show you, I kept seeing it described as opening pink, then fading to white. I might have to dig the whole thing up. See?
Darn nursery plant descriptions. (Usually I don't buy unless I've researched first at home but I was soooo excited to see dwarf white lavender that I pounced.) I also planted four 'Cathy Blanc' lavenders, which will undoubtedly be better behaved, though they're puny now:
I planted the white flowering almond Prunus glandulosa alba plena:
I planted two Alstromeria 'Apollo':
Our dwarf North Star cherry arrived yesterday, so I planted him too. He's pretty tall already - almost four feet, I'd say.
I was planning to espalier him against the iron railing as he grew, but I'm not sure that's going to be possible. I think I need to bring in someone who knows what they're doing with a pair of pruning shears so as not to butcher him.
When I was checking out the latest arrivals today at my local nursery, I succumbed to the siren call of three incredible 'Dove' columbines. I planted them all in one big clump. They're absolutely covered with flowers and over 2 feet tall:
Not bad for some much needed instant gratification, right?
Oh, and while I was planting today I noticed two interesting things. First, the not-good: some kind of black bird was picking branches off my Artemesia 'Silver Brocade' and carrying them off to make a nest. The nerve! I don't even know my new neighbor's name. He's about the size of a robin, with a yellow beak, black body and whitish speckles on his chest. Well, that artemesia is gorgeous and *soft* so I can easily imagine it lining a newborn's bed:
The good surprise was that there is a single, minute red strawberry on one of my 'Golden Alexandria' plants! Incredible, since they're not even in the ground yet.