line for plant sale, May 2014

Always Greet It In A Garden

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”
― Ruth Stout

It’s really been an ideal spring for the garden so far this year.

wet spot in side lawn
wet spot in side lawn

Temperatures have been trending gradually warmer — not jumping precipitously to 90F and then back to the 20s at night, which causes flower buds to panic and jump ship — and we have had oodles of rain, including an inch in about an hour early yesterday morning. The forecast for yesterday predicated heavy rain, so I held off on planting seeds or little seedlings, and I’m glad I did. Those delicate ones will likely go in the ground Monday through Wednesday.

Yesterday, after buying a few (well-established) plants at a favourite plant sale in a nearby town, I got them into the saturated ground in various places around the yard, along with some Jerusalem artichoke tubers a friend gave me on Friday. (Click any photo for larger image.)

plant sale plants
plant sale plants
'Hip Hop' annual euphorbia
‘Hip Hop’ annual euphorbia
coleus planted near lamium under apple tree
coleus planted near lamium under apple tree

annuals and veggies

  • 12 ‘Green Towers’ romaine lettuce – kitchen garden (more lettuce coming on Tuesday)
  • 2 Sunsweet cherry tomatoes – new veggie bed (more tomatoes coming on Tuesday)
  • 1 Italian flat-leaf parsley – kitchen garden
  • 3 ‘Hip Hop’ euphorbia – supposed profusion of tiny white flowers all summer – front bed
  • 3 ‘Kong Rose’ coleus – shade bed


one bee balm planted near baptisia and sedum
one bee balm planted near baptisia and sedum
Jerusalem artichokes planted
Jerusalem artichokes planted

perennials and shrubs

  • 1 feverfew – edge of new veggie garden
  • 2 bee balm (unknown type) – front bed
  • 1 lilac (unknown type and height — but for $12 …) – new perennial bed
  • 6 Jerusalem artichoke tubers – in back lawn near a compost bin because

I was surprised that I bought so little, and most of it annuals, at the plant sale. I was looking for something unusual and didn’t find it, even among the local hand-dug perennials. No common or uncommon milkweed, sweet Cecily, vervain, boneset (eupatorium perfoliatum), baptisia, amsonia, filipendula (meadowsweet), inula (horse-heal), kirengeshoma (yellow wax bells), tricyrtis (toad lily), chelone (turtlehead), penstemons, aruncus (goatsbeard), angelica, snakeroot (cimicifuga or actaea), grasses, trees, shrubs (other than the unspecified lilac I bought, and an equally unspecified hydrangea).

There was cow parsley (Queen Anne’s Lace, wild chervil), however, which I don’t think I’ve come across before. Maybe I should have bought it, but I can probably find a surplus one growing some place nearby.

Below: filipendula seedheads in Oct; garden with goatsbeard, snakeroot, astilbe, salvia and mint; penstemon ‘Jingle Bells’ in bloom; tricyrtis in bloom; and chelone in bloom.

I was happy with what I got, and even happier than it took almost no time to plant this bit of flora. The lilac was the only one that required a pick axe.

It was a good day.

And next weekend is another plant sale.

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