Well, that’s it. I’ve ordered everything I am going to order for the year. Probably. This lovely January thaw has made me a bit stir crazy. I pruned the dogwood this morning wearing my church clothes- that’s how anxious I was to get outside.
This afternoon I organized my catalogs and planned what I will buy, and it really is a little of everything.
As I am now starting to think about where I am actually going to put plants- and designing the gardens a bit beyond the basic “I like that, I should buy it.” Not much, but a little.
Just placed my order at Bluestone:
I bought the lime green Euphorbia that I’ve wanted for years (and mistakenly ordered “blackbird” instead a few years back). The new “Incrediball” hydrangea- I’m a sucker for Annabelle as I’ve mentioned, and this promises to be an arborescens hydrangea on steriods. I also bought the lime green hydrangea “limelight”. Clearly I’m having a lime green fling, because I also bought Lamium Lemon Frost for the front groundcover. I hope the lemon frost Lamium is as spready as its variegated cousins so I don’t have to buy more than one.
I’ve also bought more plants as I convert certain beds to a consistent purpose (the front beds will be more shady, the primrose bed will be larger and have more primroses.)
I have also bought a sweet violet. I love violets. I especially love that you can’t get them from most catalogs. I love that my friends regard them as weeds. I look at violets scooped from their yards as like having my friends in my garden. Like friends, if you look closely- some are so unique. I have a blue-grey one (violet, that is), a white with blue reverse (or maybe its the opposite way- it’s been awhile, I don’t quite remember), a bright, large royal purple. Last year I tried to grow yellow and korean violets from seed and was unsuccessful (so far. But who knows). I am particularly excited about the sweet violets because I don’t think they actually grow this far north, but the catalog seemed to indicate that it did. I’ll give it a go and see what happens.
I (being-counter trendy) am going to try a grass. For the third time. I know that grass has had its moment as a statement plant, but I still think there is still room for it somewhere- I just like its noise in the wind. And we have plenty of wind. I have no clue where I’m going to put it. I’d love to grow it in a huge container on my patio.
I just received an email from Thompson and Morgan that my seeds are on the way. Spring is coming!
I can’t wait. The more it melts, the more excited I am about the possibilities!