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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Over the past few years I’ve gotten out of the habit of running to the garden center with each change of season to stock up on annuals.
Oh, they are pretty. And they are fun. And they are reasonably priced as well as easily purchased with all year-round availability in Florida.
Walter's Viburnum Dwarf Variety, Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'
A showy native winter/early spring flowering shrub.
Instead, I’ve deliberately made efforts to concentrate my resources on garden items like perennials, grasses, Florida natives and pottery. Those things along with good potting mix, soil amendments, stone pathways, a veggie garden, and mulch impress me with longer-lasting benefits and move me closer to my long-term garden goals.
This year exceptions were made.
Soon after the cold winter weather left us with backdrops of mostly greens and browns I admit I found myself lusting for blooms... for color... for flowers.
***Note to self: plant more Louis Phillipe roses.***
In analyzing my impatience (and justifying my downfall) it is certain there was just too much destruction happening all at once.
So, in January, while the temperatures were still very cold and no end to them in the forecast, there I was in the garden center loading my cart with all the usual suspects.
The ordinary cool season annuals that won't grown here in summertime were cheerily flagging me down and all reasononing faded away.
Petunias of white and 'glow double pinks', lobelia of deep purple and trailing white tiny blooms, violas of yellows, oranges & purples, alyssum of both white and purple, tiny bacopa flowers of lavender, lavendula, Bidens ferulifolia 'bidi compact', were all brought home and popped into every sad-looking container garden that was crying for help as loudly as me.
There's definitely something to be said for it! Especially in a winter-bedraggled Florida garden.
Now that Easter is here I've decided the satisfaction of planting common annuals had some merit after all. At least it worked for this spring.