Today, this bed holds the wild dogwood I transplanted from a friend’s yard, a rice paper bush, a cloned dogwood from the National Phenology Network, some bearded irises, some white dwarf crested irises, some Asiatic lilies, a couple of Eastern columbines, 4 varieties of hellebores/Lenten roses, a small patch of cranesbill, a Bigleaf magnolia, one tea bush, a bear’s breeches, a Daphne odora, 2 kinds of ivy, a Japanese maple, a red camellia, 5 mums and I sowed seeds for 2 heights of zinnias, portulaca and impatiens today.
I started Beauregard sweet potatoes a couple of months ago and have put 3 slips in my raised bed this morning. I put 3 eyes of a Yukon Gold Irish potato in the other end. I stuck the rest of the eyes in empty-ish places along the iris/blueberry fence row.
I had already planted nasturtium seeds in the holes in the cinder blocks along one long and one short side..
5 Arkansas Little Leaf climbing cucumbers have gone in the center holes on the other long side. 6 bush cucumbers have gone in the other holes, 3 at each end. One of the Arkansas Little Leafs didn’t sprout. But the Mexican Sour Gherkins are volunteering in their holes. I have 4 bamboo poles in holes and I have a bottom row of string ready for the cukes to begin climbing.
I have pulled my carrots so I can plant 2 rows of the Glass Corn popcorn seeds I managed to produce last year. I’ve put them in the middle of that bed. The garlic needs to grow another month or so, so I’m leaving it alone. I”ll put the jalapenos in there when they are bigger. There are 4 spindly plants in little pots, right now.
Chuck’s carrots are bigger and more consistent, so I’ll make a huge dessert this afternoon with my multicolored ones. I hope they keep the colors when they cook. Purple okra doesn’t.
The sunchokes are coming up like crazy, so the bees should have a nice treat this Fall.
Roses and kiwis are putting out new growth.
Dill seeds are sprouting in the herb bed.
Columbines are blooming in the front.
We have bitty plums forming and one peach.
Lilacs will not be blooming this year. Their buds froze.
Iris buds are popping up, And one has even opened.
I have debated with myself about writing about flowers here. But my hands get itchy in the Spring and I am more likely to plant something that blooms than something to eat. And the 2 things aren’t mutually exclusive.
I have a row of roses down one side of our back fence and irises between the blueberry bushes on the other side. Irises are also scattered around in some other places.
Usually, I plant plants and, occasionally, I plant seeds. I haven’t always been successful with seeds, so I tend to prefer getting little pots of things already started. But, zinnias and marigolds have been successful with seeds. Cypress vine seeds a couple of years ago would have been more successful if I had remembered I’d planted them and not weeded most of them out. However, I have put zinnia seeds over by the roses and shook marigold seeds there last Fall. There are some Chinese Lantern seeds by the sunchoke bed and purple coneflower seeds planted at the end of the row nearest the Don Juan.
I get fretful waiting for things to bloom and made a spreadsheet to help me keep up. Chuck thinks that a little obsessive, but it’s interesting to me to see how the weather affects my plants. And it helps me keep from fretting when I want to see blooms a months before it’s reasonable.
That’s probably a fair warning.