Wellllll... every week something else comes up that needs doing. Can I help that? Lord knows I’m trying to wrap it up here at Hoe & Shovel and be done with it for the summer. It’s getting too hot and there is already plenty to keep up with around here. That new veggie garden alone keeps me hopping. It’s time to stop with the new projects and move into maintenance mode until fall.
My wonderfully smart and loving children gave me gift cards to the garden center for Mother's Day. (Thanks again, guys- you know just how to make me happy). So there. You see. It isn’t my fault. It was just necessary to make a few more trips to the garden center last week to pick up a few (more) additions.
An Australian Tree Fern Sphaeropteris cooperi was added where I dug up a couple of holly ferns to place in some new container plantings (more on that in a minute). I’ve kind of had my eye on this very exotic and tropical looking fern for a while now.
How does one 'kind of have any eye' on a plant? It goes like this for me. Every time I wander by them in the garden center I find myself standing still and staring at them for long moments of time. In this transfixed state (sounds serious) I am first of all picturing exactly where I could plant one or two or…
Then I realize I am debating with myself about whether I really need to add this now, have I spent too much money already or can I wait until another season and what kind of attention will it need in unfavorable winter weather. Okay, so I've passed up the opportunity to purchase after a few of these episodes. Oh, if only there were points given for this kind of restraint.
Then ... there were so many of them at Cypress Gardens in the botanical gardens area looking so magnificent at 5-6 feet tall (with just as wide a frond-span) and their ginormous fiddles poking up through the center … just the sight of them there gave me even more inspiration. They prefer protected, shady, moist conditions but can be grown in sunny areas. There are so many places they would fit right in here at Hoe & Shovel. I chose one about 2.5' tall (and it was on sale) for starters (I'm so tempted to go back and get a couple more). This one settled in quite nicely to its new surroundings already looking like it was always part of the scenery.
Chartreuse is a Good Color
It’s been mentioned many times on this blog how we purposely use as much colored and varied textured foliage as we can among the plantings. It works really well in the tropicalesque design we lean toward here as most every planting bed is under planted beneath large mature stands of oak trees. This creates an almost perfect environment affording dappled shade or you could say filtered sunlight. In the summertime especially, we are most grateful for the natural canopy covering and the mostly tropical plantings appreciate the reprieve from the intense heat as well.
Here I’ve added some of my (newly decided) favorite dracaena … it’s called Lemon Lime. Yummy. Why I haven't had any of these before now I'm not certain. Chartreuse color-blends work really well in the shady areas against some of the darker greens of the xanadu, holly fern and the split leafed philodendron I couldn’t live without. Speaking of lemon lime dracaena... why don't we pop some into some containers while we are at it? Yes, that is an excellent way to add interest and variety to these containers located at the back of the property. They will be mixed with those holly ferns we dug up earlier to make room for the tree fern. We'll also pop in a coleus with pinks and wine colors and an unknown/un-named pass along pale green trailing vine from an existing container. By adding foliage and not blooms the demand for watering will be lessened somewhat.
Two new containers were purchased to replace the three containers holding red new guinea impatiens that used to occupy this location. The impatiens were moved to the front walkway where they won't need as much water as often and when they do ... the water is source is much closer which solves a couple of problems.
I'll post later about more container gardens I've put together recently. As a matter of fact, I should do a whole posting on just containers we have so many never featured on the blog.
Well this should hold us for a while. Other than the caladium bulbs I'm expecting delivery of in a couple of weeks. We should be finished with new projects until the end of the hot and humid season which is fastly approaching. Don't hold your breath though... I've been saying "this is the last new project" for weeks now.