Wednesday, April 6, 2011


World English Dictionary trifecta (traɪˈfɛktə)

— n

1. a form of betting in which the punter selects the first three place-winners in a horse race in the correct order

2. any achievement involving three successful outcomes

Ladies and Gentlemen: 

We have a perennial trifecta!  I give you three very healthy perennials that have come back and are positively thriving:

Hydrangea:  Now as tall as my elbows and covered in blossom buds!

Natchez Mock Orange - hopefully will blossom this year

American Beauty Berry
These are all perennials that I planted last year from my landscaping master plan.  The main layout of the landscaping plan has largely gone to the wind, but the types of plants to plant is still intact.  Of these three, I was most worried about the Natchez Mock Orange.  I had mail ordered it -- and it was very hard to find -- and last year it did not blossom at all.  When it does blossom, it should get abundant white blossoms that smell like... orange.  Mmmmm I can hardly wait.

I'm considering staking the American Beauty Berry; I'll be watching it to see how long the branches get.  Last year they were probably 3-4 feet long on either side.  Could be pretty great staked up.  I've seen it both ways...

So far this corner is my most successful!  My next door neighbors are replacing the fence that runs behind these plants... I hope their contractor is careful of my babies.

This morning I tucked in this Homestead Verbena in front of these plants, and nestled between two yoga platforms:

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