Sunday, December 28, 2008

This is one of my favorite astilbes. I think this one is Vision in Pink. It increases in size very rapidly and frequent division gives you new plants to locate in your garden or give to friends.  Astilbes are so trouble-free and the deer don't like them (most of the time), so they are ideal for our Adirondack environment. I have read that they are one of the few plants that should be fertilized in fall as well as spring. I need to divide them this spring. I usually do that in the late summer, but didn't get to it last summer. 

It is a warm and balmy day here in Pennsylvania where we are visiting family for the Holidays, but up in our Adirondack garden snow still covers everything. It is at this time of the year that I love to look through my garden photos, remember last season and lay plans for next summer. I will soon be making my list of "must have" plants for 2009. Armed with this I will visit perennial vendors from Pennsylvania to Maine (having kids living in both places). I am getting eager just thinking about it. Hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays.

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