Saturday, April 18, 2015

Lessons Learned

I plant very few annuals in the garden nowadays, just a few pots to fill in, between the cycle of perennials in bloom.
When I was younger, I planted annuals until the cows came home, but I've learned throughout the years, that planting a pot one time, and having it return year after year, is far easier than the ritual of planting annuals.



My newest perennial is Columbine "Winky Blue and White". Aquilegia vulgaris
A delicious little ornamental flowering plant, which blooms midspring to midsummer.
It's a companion plant for Bleeding Heart, Delphinium, and Peony, and best of all it's a deer resistant plant !
I need all the help I can get with deer resistance.



12 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

Winky, Blue and White is stunning! Deer resistant and beautiful, my kind of plant!

Have a great weekend~
Nancy

rusty duck said...

The pheasants eat mine.. keep an eye on those wild turkeys!

Beth P said...

I hear you on deer resistance! Being on an old farm with abandoned fields turned meadows filled with wildflowers (and ticks... YUCK!) I know up close and personal about deer! Spring has barely arrived up here in New Hampshire but I sure am looking forward to the coming green! :D
Hugs and enjoy your garden,
Beth P

Janneke said...

I have the same columbine and love them too, but......the rabbits just eat the buds and flowers, they leave the stems.

Susie said...

Jo, I still do annuls for pops of color. But the truth is the older I get the less I want to fuss with them. So I am trying to get the flowerbeds to be all perennials. That deer sure is brazen. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Deb said...

Great photos, Jo.

Country Gal said...

I am learning that to about perennials versus annuals lol ! I wish the deer would visit our yard but Miggs keeps most at bay and the deer here are quite skittish lol ! Lovely photos , Thanks for sharing , Have a good day .

Patsy said...

When we lived in Texas we had to buy deer resistance. Not so here so much building going on the deer's have left.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

That is a beautiful flower! We have problems with deer eating everything too,!
Such a beauty it is,
love
tweedles

Wean said...

I don't bother with annuals, I prefer the greens of ivies, hostas, ferns etc,
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L. D. said...

That looks like a great deer feeder. I bet that if you fed them that they would still like you flowers best. I have wild columbine in my garden but the hybrids I have never had any success in growing.