Saturday, May 3, 2014
So how does Cookie's garden grow?
My great grandmother had been an avid flower gardener, but by the time she reached her mid ninety's things around her house began to revert to nature. And my grandmother was more a practical gardener - flowers weren't her thing, but fruit trees were. So we always had fresh pears and cherries. My grandfather was a retired farmer and he refused to do much of anything, so the gardens fell into decline by the time we moved into the house. So I taught myself about how things grew.
These tiny blue flowers are Brunella, or Brunelia, depending on who you ask. They are among the earliest flowering plants in spring. My great grandmother grew these in her garden, so they take me back to my childhood and how much I loved those simple days at the house in Marion, clambering through the ruins of the garden and finding all sorts of good things growing that needed a little love.
Naturally, when we moved to Maryland, these were among the first plants I sought out for our yard. So its a bit of home, away from home.
We ventured to the nursery very early this morning and bought flowers for our containers. Tomorrow, early, I'll head to Lowes for HOT red geraniums, which were my mother's favorites. Why not buy them at the nursery, too? At eight dollars a pot, my mother would have caterwauled over the price. So in her honor, we buy the cheap stuff.
While we were at the nursery, we also bought a good sized purple flowering crepe myrtle for our front yard, and its so large, and expensive, that we paid even more money to have it professionally planted. When you plant it, you get a 30 day guarantee. When THEY plant it your get a years guarantee. So it should go in in the next week or so. My understanding of crepe myrtles, from reading and talking to people, is that they thrive in terrible soil and direct sun, so we have just the place for it.
Our last bit-o-spring work is the back yard. I paid for a professionally designed plan for the garden in the backyard to give us a bit of success. The shape of the yard, and the funky sun patterns call for it.
Hopefully tomorrow we can rip out the funky Doctor Suess shrubs in the front yard and get ready for new shrubs next week.
And next spring, I am having that horrible holly tree removed from our side front. I know the birds love putting their nests in it, but I am tired of plants that hurt me when I walk through the yard, barefoot.