Thursday, December 4, 2014

Exciting 2015 Plants for your Garden

It's at this time of year that the upcoming perennial plant of the year is announced and for 2015 it is Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'.
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'Biokovo' is a dwarf cranesbill geranium hybrid that forms a low growing mat of green leaves with clusters of pink tinged white flowers. Once established, it will be fairly drought tolerant blooming from late spring to late summer. Expect a mature size of 6-8" by 12-18" wide.
source: Veseys on-line catalogue
Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses a hosta that has shown outstanding performance and the 2015 winner is 'Victory'. The huge green leaves have a creamy margin that grows well in part shade to full shade. A slug resistant variety, it grows about 30" high by 47-59" wide. White flowers appear mid summer.
While reading up on new plants to dream of over winter, I'm also having afternoon tea set up on a small counter in the kitchen.
Miniature snowflake sugar cookies and a touch of aqua that I find goes well with silver. 
Of course I moved a few things off the counter to place my tea in front of the ceramic christmas tree I made. This is how it looks normally, the resident kitchen blue gecko sits on a lacy santa doily.
Thank you to the hosts of the weekly tea gatherings:

27 comments:

  1. My mom has a ceramic tree a lot like yours that she made in the 70s when we lived in Labrador. They had a ceramics shop on the base, and she made many Christmas items. I have no idea where they are all at now.

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  2. Well fancy that Judith, I grow this and hope it comes back.....as for your tea, I love the yummy cookies and the turquoise colors for the holiday!!

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  3. What a lovely post, Judith! Dreaming of summer and all the wonderful (new) plants seen in books, magazines, and catalogues is such an important part of our winter.
    The geranium looks very pretty and interesting, and your ceramic Christmas tree is just wonderful!

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  4. I like that Cranesbill Geranium. Very pretty! I think I may have that variety of hosta. A friend gave us several kinds out of his yard, and this one looks and sounds like some that I have. They are very pretty and reliable plants in the garden or landscape.

    Your tea looks yummy. I've never heard of having a kitchen gecko other than friends who are missionaries and may have them in their houses in foreign countries! :)

    Enjoy your day!
    Deanna

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  5. Geranium 'Biokovo' is a wonderful Geranium which is doing well in our gardens for years. Hosta 'Victoria'is new to me, very interesting as slug resistent, I hope this will come on the market here too.
    Your ceramic tree looks so pretty and I love that funny blue gecko as your kitchen resident.

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  6. Your tree is lovely and I really like the look of the two new plants of the year, especially the hosta! xx

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  7. You are so talented, Judith...that tree s adorable!...:)JP

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  8. Love your ceramic tree, Judith! I'm checking Ebay to see if I can find one!
    Your cookies look pretty too. :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  9. My mom made one of those ceramic trees when I was young!
    Pretty images!

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  10. Your ceramic tree is adorable. You are very talented. Your cookies are very pretty and they look delicious.

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  11. It's fun to dream about plants while enjoying tea and cookies, Judith. I love your ceramic tree that you made, too. The snow capped branches add a special touch.

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  12. It's fun to dream about plants while enjoying tea and cookies, Judith. I love your ceramic tree that you made, too. The snow capped branches add a special touch.

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  13. Thanks for the heads-up on the new plant recommendations for 2015. I'll keep an eye out for that Cranesbill. I love aqua and silver together too. I've had a ceramic tree very similar to yours for years... my kids still love it!

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  14. I agree with you about the colours of aqua and silver and use them in my adornments too. I spent some time in hospital Tuesday and Wednesday and so catching up a bit~

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  15. That geranium is beautiful! It's nice to have a tea time on these cold winter days, more often than usual I might add. I like your teacup and the turquoise accents. I didn't know there are turquoise sprinkles out there!! Pretty. Have a nice weekend. Pam

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  16. The geranium looks so sweet! I have the purple cranesbill and after transplanting it this summer, I'm hoping it survived (it's huge!). The leaves on the hosta are lovely, a bit more pointy than what I have (which I split and stuff all over my yard). I remember the phase of ceramics classes that everyone used to take in the 70s and 80s ... this tree was a particularly popular choice! A nice bit of nostalgic flare for the tea counter :) Enjoy your snowflake tea cookies! Wendy x

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  17. I rediscovered the cranesbill last summer as I tried to fill up vast vacant places in the front garden. I added miniatures to the rock garden next to the patio, which looked so delicate and pretty. The cranesbill are fast growers and will cover a lot of ground, choking out weeds, I hope. I also added hostas as my shade garden became more defined. The garden does not suffer greatly from slugs, but slug resistant is always good. Whew. That felt good--to talk gardening again. Tea looked inviting.

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  18. Hello Judith,
    What a lovely post, it is never too early to be thinking about spring planting. Your tea table looks so inviting, wish I were there :)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Connie :)

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  19. You are a true gardener for sure -- dreaming of spring planting in December! I think Beth over at Beyond the Garden Gate is doing the same thing!
    Aqua and silver are beautiful together; I am doing an aqua and silver (with pink and green) tree.
    Those sugar cookies look yummy.

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  20. I like your ceramic tree. A great spot for it where you can see it so often. I too love aqua and silver. And the geranium plant chosen is so delicate and pretty. As far as the hosta plants, after the slugs got bored, ours were eaten by deer. There is no hope for them in our garden it seems.

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  21. Hi Judith. Thanks for the good wishes. I love your pretty tea collage! wonderful! Love the star sugar cookies...wouldn't be Christmas without them around here! Hopefully I'll get some baked this week, Lord willing. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  22. What beautiful plants, Judith! As a gardener you no doubt relish the thought of springtime coming so you can get back out in the garden.

    I figured you made the ceramic tree. It's very pretty. My youngest made one when he was about eleven but I never bring it out. I know, shame! I love aqua and it looks gorgeous at Christmastime! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Have a lovely week, Judith.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  23. I've been perusing the Stokes seeds catalogue recently, although sadly, I won't be planting anytime soon! I do like hostas and hope to get some new varieties next spring. Cranesbill geraniums don't do very well for me but I do have 2 varieties.

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  24. I'm always dreaming about plants ... and love the fact that it's slug resistant... Love your ceramic tree...It's a Christmas must , however mine is getting a little chipped with age. Still it lights up beautifully. Your little snowflake cup is perfect for the chilliness of the day and reminds me of more snow to come.... White fluffy snow makes Christmas so specially and it's coming all too fast...YIKES..I'm only decorating the tree now.. Enjoy your week... Hugs

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  25. Such a beautiful decoration! The Christmas tree is unique and the snowmen are so cute :)

    End of tenancy cleaning Twickenham

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  26. Hi Judith! I can feel so out of place with gardeners and authentic tea ladies! Haha! But I love gardens and a beautiful tea! Never a better time for cutout sugar cookies either. Yours are so pretty. I hope it's a beautiful season for you!

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  27. I don't look at see catalogs until January....When I lived in Maine that is what we all did to feel better, that spring was really going to come. Love your ceramic tree!

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