12 February 2017

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I put in another flower bed this afternoon. It's a sheltered corner on the southeast side of the house; it needs a retaining wall someday, so I've been hesitant to put significant plants in. But it's really a good corner, and quite visible from the family room. I planted some snapdragon seeds five years ago, and a few of the plants are still alive. (Plus some of their descendants.) They're not really supposed to be perennial, so that amuses me. They even survived multiple ice and snow storms, including the Epic Cobblestone Ice Event.  So by elimination, it's not the harshest environment in which I can attempt to grow things...

Another boat load of rocks came out of the ground (though no monsters this time; nothing bigger than a softball), and I replaced that volume and built it up slightly with 160 pounds of humus.

And all that because I was going to plant the first round of seeds (4 to 6 weeks before the average last freeze, which is really anyone's guess). Poppies! I hope they come up and thrive.

I also seem to have ordered more seeds. I decided I must plant English wallflowers, tall Sweet William mix, and blue cornflowers. They're all supposed to be drought tolerant, which is never, ever a bad idea here. (When a plant is glowingly recommended for the Pacific Northwest, it is immediately eliminated from my consideration. It wouldn't be fair for either of us.)

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