Re: [gardeners] This week in the garden

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 22:59:20 -0400 (EDT)

Well, I broke down, spent $9.85 and have a really nice size 'China Blue'
corydalis. Lovely! There is an incredible perennial nursery in Brockport,
NY, just west of Rochester, called Sara's, where they carry nearly 2000
different perennials in various sizes. I was very impressed. Prices were
competitive, too. It's 1-1/2 hours from us but worth the drive.

In the garden, the grass is trying to take over the 175' ellipse. I've got
to dig tomorrow before its too late. The season came on so fast that we
couldn't keep up with weeding. In bloom are bergenia, pulsatilla,
pulmonaria, all but the latest tulips, and its the best and longest show of
daffodils ever. About to bloom are phlox divaricata and soon - a month
early - lilacs. What a spring! We're planning our iris sale and expect that
they, too, will be early.

Did I tell you that our Amish neighbors, who own the field across the road,
gave us permission to plant a row or two the entire 3/10 mile length of the
field along the roadside. The town gave us permission to be on the wrong
side of the right of way as long as we keep it mowed, should be
quite a show next year. Erich is already working on it and by the time we
plant - August - it should be relatively weed free. Now all we need are a
few customers. As George would say, "Y'all come!" BTW, George, did I tell
you that the Louisianas are all alive? They aren't exactly overwhelming yet
but they're alive. In fact, since it was such a mild winter we lost very
little. One casualty was a 'Black Knight' delphinium I purchased last year.
All the others were from seed I planted and all of those are fine. Go


Cheryl Schaefer
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY