About a week ago the phone rang. It was one of Dwayne’s co-workers and he was at a seasonal garden center that was clearing house. Did we want some free annuals? Free plants???? I can be there in 15 minutes!!!
It took me about 25 since I had to follow the speed limit, but they still had plenty of plants left. And it turned out you had to buy something before you could get the free annuals. I was not upset, though. All of their four inch pots were a dollar and their six inch pots were only two dollars. I spent 35 dollars and came home with 96 plants.
I went back the next day and got eleven more plants. And a pot that they had marked down 40 percent. It would work well for some of the plants I got the day before that needed to be wet. The pot didn’t have any holes, so the swamp plants would like it just fine. I also got a couple more plants that could go in said pot that day.
Here is my "pond"!
Aaaaannnnd… I went back the third day and got even more plants. All said, I ended up with about 170 plants and only spent about $70. The seventy dollars was spent on the perennial plants that I hope come back next spring.
Of course, once you get 170 plants home you realize that you have to put them in the ground. And soon. Hmmm. Maybe I should have thought of that a little more before I went crazy with the unbelievable sale. Oh, well. Down to business.
Fortunately, we have a large area that has just been stripped of grass and needs to have something to hold the dirt down… and make it look a lot better. And it will provide some color for the late summer and early fall.
It looked good before but it looks even better now!
Hopefully they will have enough time to fill out a bit.
Then I started figuring out where to put all of the perennials. I got some of them for the express purpose of putting around the tree in the front yard when we finish the edging. Of course, that may involve having it raised on one side, so we will probably have someone do it for us. Neither of us have the patience for it. Since I can’t put those plants where I want them, yet, and I don’t know when the job will be done, I put them in the raised vegetable bed. We lost a lot of our peppers to a stem rot in June and have a big open space. The plants fit perfectly. And with the roots out of the pots, they should be able to perk up a bit.
Now. Where to put the other several dozen? I put about 15 on the hill.
One of my new babies.
A couple more tucked in among the annuals and perennials from earlier in the year.
The mulch hides some of the other new ones. I'll have to be careful.
I managed to find white monarda (or bee balm) on my second trip so I bought all of them. I had some white ones when we first started the garden (we had white, pink and purple monarda), but the white didn’t come back on the third year. I don’t know if it is a weak color with the darker ones taking over, but I haven’t been able to find any white since then. So I pounced! I now have five new white monarda!
I planted a couple of my new purchases on the north side of our house.
According to the label this is a Wild Geranium (the red leaf). We'll see what comes up next spring.
And I still have more. Where am I going to put these? Ugh.
I think they are multiplying.
I planted the rest of them this morning, mainly in the main garden although a couple of them will look good on the north side of the house.
A couple more among some that are well established.
Since I have so many of the new plants and I don’t want to miss them when I water them, I left the tags with the plants. I usually take the tag, clean them up and put them in my garden book. That way I can keep track of what I have in the garden a little better. I also have a smaller book that I write everything in. I call it my garden diary. I put the date down and what happened. Whether it was the chickadee that showed up at the feeder this morning, the grackles showing up again or where I put all my new flowers I put it in the book.
An example of why I am not an artist. The smudges on the left are made up of the dirt that I didn't clean off my hands before I filled in the diary. If I go inside to wash, I don't remember to write anything down.
The diary helps when I have a bare spot and can’t remember if nothing was there, something was there but died, or if there are bulbs in the spot. It especially helps in the spring when something starts growing and I can’t remember planting anything in that spot. Of course, next year, I’ll have a lot of new things popping up. As a matter of fact about 70! I am going to be positive that everything will grow next year!
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This post was written by Eileen Loan on September 11, 2009