I have got more planting to do than a….than a flower farmer in May! Yeah. That.
So you see, I went
shopping at a plant nursery last week…and I came home with several treasures.
Namely, lady’s mantle x 4 (or was it 5? the memory fades) for my front shade
beds, white echinacea x 3 for the East side skinny bed, and oh yes, some
Jupiter’s Beard (x 3 as well) that I found a place for in back. J & J
Nursery helped me face up to reality, in their own way. You see, wandering
those aisles of big healthy plants, I realized that my teeny-tiny echinacea
seedlings are never going to bloom this year. It’s a fact, and I faced it right
there on the gravel. Maybe, if I keep them alive long enough to get them in the
ground, they could possibly bloom for me next year. However, that doesn’t help
me at all THIS year, now does it? That’s when those 3 white ‘Fragrant Angel’
echinaceas went into my cart. Not that my purchases NEED justification, but
let’s just say the other plants were also related to seed-starting failures,
and move right along, shall we?
Then later on, I went
to Lowe’s—because I had to, you see, to get some things for a planter I was
being paid to put together. Had to. That’s right. You can nod your head here
knowingly, because did I ONLY get the plants for the planter? Well no! Of
course not! I found a beautiful honeysuckle bush that I really needed, as well
as some perennial bachelor’s buttons that were the color I’ve been looking for
(‘Amethyst in Snow’—white with purple middles, if you must know), and 3
gorgeous geums (‘Mrs. Bradshaw’) in a brilliant reddish orange. The bachelor’s
buttons were on the clearance shelf, and so they were only $3 each! Just
between you and me, the ones I chose didn’t look all that bad. They’re going to
be fine. Once I get them planted.
So you know,
planting! It’s always bad for the image (and the wallet) when you buy plants
and leave them to languish and die on the porch. I am quite happy to report
that so far I have gotten everything planted that I bought, with the exception
of the bachelor’s buttons.
THEN Thursday—oh, this
was so awesome! Thursday, my friend from up the street called me and said she
had a bunch of extra flowers she was pulling out of her flowerbeds, and wanted
to know if I could use them. YAY! So she brought over large clumps of irises,
tulips, daffodils, daisies, and I don’t even remember all what else. Linnae’s
Home for Unwanted Plants—Now Accepting Donations!!
I have my work cut
out for me this weekend, for sure! Especially since, before all this plant
bonanza, my original plan for this weekend was to sow all my warm-weather
seeds. I have got cantaloupe, sweetmeat squash, several types of pumpkins,
beans, tomato plants, cucumbers, and peppers to find space for in my
ever-dwindling garden. I may actually rent a garden box from my neighbor for
the pumpkins. Oh, and I guess I’m going to try growing the peppers in the
greenhouse, so they won’t take up any garden space. We may have to get creative
and grow the cucumbers up a trellis or something.
Flowers I still need
to sow include: celosia, sunflowers, and the ornamental grasses. Possibly
others. It seems like I’m forgetting some.
The biggest obstacle
to planting for me right now is the WEEDS. I have made good use of the hoe this
spring, and have cardboard down in some of the aisles, grass clippings
elsewhere, but there are still sections of the garden that the weeds are
getting the best of me. I have to weed for 45 minutes to plant for 10! It’s
frustrating. My goal has been to have every bit of bare ground covered, but I
have fallen short of that. So that has to be part of my planting plan.
Weeding—always and forever—weeding, then planting.
Also, we went to
Lowe’s again this week for other stuff, and I did not even set foot in the
garden area. Are you so proud of me? I was proud. I just know if I go over
there, I’m going to find something to buy. It helped to have piles of plants at
home waiting for me to get them in the ground! Erm… didn’t help enough though,
I suppose, because our next stop was Costco, and their plants are right out in
the middle of the store! Totally unavoidable! So….I purchased one their 6 packs
of geraniums. Yep. I have already totally justified it and will plant them
today. So let’s just be done here. Moving on!
You can see space
between them! Not for long, though. They will grow to fill that in pretty fast.
That whole blue bucket there is the Bells I pulled up.
Oh, as an update on
the Bells of Ireland: I was very firm and Set Some Boundaries out there on
those self-seeded Bells. I made an aisle on either side with the hoe, I chose
one every 6-12” apart or so to be the Chosen One, and pulled out all the rest.
I’m telling you, I even thinned some further that I had left to grow initially.
I yanked with determination and filled up a whole weed bucket with them. (Poor
things.) I have decided, though, that the first pass is the hardest. The ones
that I had already thinned were doing so much better than the others! That made
it easier to get down to business on the rest.
Next up for thinning:
bachelor’s buttons and pennycress.
I wish my Queen Anne’s Lace would grow so I could thin it out. Alas, I may need to re-seed it. It likes cool weather, but I read recently that you can sow it anytime up until it’s 85 degrees outside. Well, with our cool rainy spring this year, we haven’t hit 85 yet! So there may still be time.