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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
playing in the dirt
Red Zinnia- i picked up a few of these vibrantly colored blooms to add to the border.
Purple Coneflower- this is labeled a florida native plant and to imagine i've never planted the first one in all these years ... until now.
after much digging, lots of dividing, hauling & transplanting, some shopping, and more digging... progress has been made on my new planting area. there wasn't a master plan when this idea originated. not unusual. i like to design as i go along... an element of the exuberance I have for gardening. creating and mastering the space is the most satisfying aspect of my toil.
first things first: i lay out the flagstone pathway threading through the space. once all my plants are sufficiently filled in having a walkway will allow me easy access to the dense plantings. what's even more fun is the grandkids love to wind around through the maze.
i read recently to plant what you know grows well. this is a philosophy i have long adhered to. by digging up and multiplying what I already have growing in other areas i not only save money but this method of grouping like-plants with separations by swaths of grass or plants of varied texture visually creates a natural consistent flow while offering breaks of color, form and height.
Here's what we have so far:
1) over 75 variegated liriope divided from existing plants borders the entire perimeter. in key places i layered them to create a denser patch to break up the single edging.
2) red zinnias- purchased in 6" pots
3) purple coneflower - purchased in 6" pots
4) marble leaf- i dug this one out from a 'too-shady spot' in the front yard and transplanted - with more sunlight here the leaves should "marble" better and it should bloom its teeny purple flower more profusely.
5) white impatiens - purchased in 4" pots
6) variegated schefflera- these i had growing in pots from cuttings off other plants - i simply transplanted them here.
7) ferns - divided from the bed this expansion now leads into creating one ginormous bed.
8) xanadu- from 3 mature plants dug up and divided-- i was able to make 14 new plants. it will take a few weeks for them to get established and longer to fill out with new growth, but patience is a key virtue for a gardener, right?
9) i'm not certain what will go in this last piece of available soil. my first thoughts... divide/transplant my agapanthus and center something climbing on a trellis...
any further progress will have to wait until after thanksgiving. for now, i'm relegated to the kitchen for dinner & hostess preparations. i'll be 'thankful' for some rain soon as the drought we are in is making for lots of time spent hand watering all my freshly planted perennials and annuals.