Friday, June 10, 2016

Let's Talk About Plants, Baby.

I had this great idea to do a post about reading and genres and how that equates to what I choose to write, but I'm pretty sure I already did that a few months ago.  I could write about current events, but we try to stay away from sensitive topics here at Killer Chicks, and chances are that no matter what I say, I will offend at least half our readers.  :waves:

Soooo...

Let's talk about plants, baby.  Let's talk about trees and leaves.  Let's talk about all the green things and the flowering things that may be.  Let's about plants.

And now that I have that song stuck in my head...

A while ago, I made plans for gardens beds around this house.  First, we made the front bed as part of our drainage project.  Big retaining wall to keep the rainwater away from the house and then between the retaining wall and the house, I put in a bed.  Then we also needed a retaining wall beside the driveway to encourage the rainwater to go south of the house rather than erode the foundation for our garage.  That's the main iris bed.  Then I created a shade bed on the north side because nothing would grow over there but moss.

But we never did anything with the south side along the garage. Until now. I started it.  I turned the earth halfway down the garage, put down fresh gardening soil, and plugged in my leftover iris bulbs.  Except it looks kinda pathetic right now.  So....

Yesterday at Wallyworld, I bought plants.  I mean, first I called the local greenhouse to see if she had what I really wanted - a white lilac bush and some hollyhocks.  Nope.  Apparently, I asked for them at the wrong time.  Derp.  I ended up buying two pots worth of coneflowers, a bunch of zinnias, and some marigolds.  (Can never go wrong with marigolds.)  They're pinks and reds and oranges and yellows.  It'll really brighten up yhe space over there.  And when I separate my irises again this fall, I'll put some of those down there, too.

I'll get hollyhocks next year.  And pine for a white lilac that will probably end up too big for that space anyway, so I'm better off without it.

Have you done any planting this year?  What did you put in?

3 comments:

JB Lynn said...

I LOVE marigolds...hardy AND cheery!

Karyn Good said...

Sounds lovely!! I've been ventured out of my plant comfort zone this year by planting a hydrangea. I love them and this year i happened upon a variety that is supposed to be hardy and appropriate for our zone. So...we'll see if it survives the winter and my black thumb.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I feel the same way, JB! I have a whole bed of volunteer marigolds from last year's planting. It's awesome.

Thanks, Karyn! The first hydrangea I ever bought died. The next one I bought - when I moved here - appeared to have died after the first winter, but it sent up a little sucker before it passed on. Now it has loads of leaves and new shoots. This year it finally bloomed! So don't give up.