Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Change in Plans

It's 46 degrees and extremely windy. With freezing temperatures in the forecast, everyone decided today would not be a good day to plant out annuals. My manager has decided instead to donate 1 hour of my time tomorrow to the school.

So what did I do instead? I decided to work on the beds at the end of the driveway. I wasn't really happy with what I had done. Too many euonymous plants and not enough variety. So I took my employee discount card and bought $50 worth of real shrubs and evergreens. I said I wasn't planning to spend any money this year on plants. I knew I was lying when I said it, obviously.

So what did I get for my money?

3 Dwarf Burford Holles
Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster - which I promptly divided into several clumps
Blue Point Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)
Hoolywood Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)

I removed a couple of the plain green euonymous and moved some of my other grasses into the beds too. I have a few varieities now that I think work better. The peonies are planted on the sunny side of the opening to the backyard. Black Eyed Susans are planted in two groups. I'll add more flowers as I begin planting out my wintersown seeds now that I'm not working on a model project in my spare time.

Sunny side

shady side

Hollywood Juniper

Blue Point Juniper and Karl Forester Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Calamagrotis acutiflora "Eldorado"

Against the back of the house, I moved some nandinas from the woods. I really needed something for foundation plantings. I'll add some perennials in these beds later. I've got some dwarf crape myrtles that have germinated to put in these beds in the next few weeks.

One of the hibiscuses is coming back. I have no idea which one it is. I moved all of them without keeping track of who was who.

An odd daffodil that bloomed yesterday.

Finally, I took some cuttings from the petunias I purchased this weekend.

Here's a petunia of my own that I stuck in the cloner last weekend. It'll be ready to pot up in another 2 days.

I couldn't pass up these blooms.

I'm curious what the seeds from these will produce next year.

It's only 3pm. I mowed the grass this morning. I really wonder if I could plant out some more perennials even with frost in the forecast.


Laura said...

At my last job, we had a cashier who used her employee discount so much that I think she ended up spending her entire paycheck every week!

I wouldn't have been able to pass up those petunias either!

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

I only spent $50. I spent $4 this weekend. I bought the last of the pink striped petunias. I plan to clone as many as I can for the edge of the beds all along the driveway this year. I'll mix them with white petunias and vinca that I'm also cloning. It's going to be an explosion of color. Takes a whole week to clone a petunia. I can fit 57 in my cloner.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love your petunias, and your cloning machine is really interesting.

Redoing beds is always interesting and somewhat fun, as we change things around.

As always, you are doing a great job and I look forward to seeing pictures of what's going on at Seventh Street Cottage.

Hope it warms up soon for you.