My friend Joanna is flying in tomorrow; she lives in Centreville, five minutes from Dulles airport. She and I met years ago in the old AOL chat room where I met so many wonderful people. I had hoped some of my pretty flowers would be blooming for her visit; unfortunately, the tulips are fading fast, and the last daffodils have lost their petals.
When I moved back here behind the barn, I went into a frenzy of flower-planting. Most all the things I planted have lived through the winter and are starting to grow. Unfortunately, I don't recall what some of them are.
This, for instance.
And this.I'm pretty sure I bought both of these at Home Depot when they were closing out their nursery stock. Or maybe it was Walmart. Anybody have a clue what either of these are? I remember my readers identifying Blazing Star for me last year... a plant which really doesn't impress me, by the way.
The Crepe Myrtle tree I planted was killed by our harsh winter. I got it on closeout, so I didn't pay a lot for it. I've since learned that local nurseries won't guarantee Crepe Myrtle trees (or bushes, whatever they are) because it really isn't hardy enough for the zone.