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.
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.