I grabbed a scissors and headed out of the door wall. Clematis, Peony, and Salvia are ready for the first arrangement of the YEAR!
But, I am so impatient. It is only the beginning of June and I want my cutting garden to hurry up so I have an endless selection of flowers, leaves and shrubs for my designs!
Last week I dug up a strip of our backyard sod to reveal the worst soil on earth!!! Yes, Clay. So hard to grow anything well in this kind of soil. Like concrete, hard and nasty. But with a little help from my compost pile and some composted cow manure from Lowes, it seems to be loosening up just fine.
My husband has been very hesitant to let me dig up his green turf. He has worked very hard to bring it to the velvety lush emerald gem that it is. So............he had to go away for a short trip to the computer store to save himself from the sad sight of the sod overturned. Only a few tears were shed.
After all was said and done, the strip was neat and tidy and not as bad as he had anticipated. I spent several days planting tubers and bulbs for lilies and peonies. And then, with a lot of courage, I took out the 2 foot tall dahlia plants I had babysat in the family room near the sliding glass door. They were ready to step outside into the sunshine, and the cool weather.
I was a little apprehensive, but I do know that cool weather helps plants develop nice root systems that will benefit them later on. It has been a very cool spring with lots of rain. Hopefully June will bring us some warmer days and lots of sunshine. I'm planning on it.
Flats were filled with planting soil and I pulled out the seeds I had been drooling over, staring at the perfect pictures of flowers developed to their finest, on the covers of the packets. With great measure I sprinkled just a little of each seed into thumbprint spaces in the middle of each six pack cell. Then I covered with the soft soil and misted with a spray bottle. I'll be giving these little seeds a lot of attention until they poke their heads out of the ground in a week or so.
Seeds that sprout must be kept moist at all times as to not stunt their initial burst out into the world.
I could not find anything to mark them with for identification so I grabbed a few handy sticks that had fallen in the yard and used them as markers. Writing the names Zinnia, Chamomile, Cosmos, and Snaps with a fine tip Sharpie. This will do just fine. I have seeds leftover that I plan on spreading wildflower style on the side of my yard for some extra floral fun.
There is a slim section of unused ground on the south side where I have had success planting Zinnias before. The more flowers the better I say.
More flowers are popping up and giving a colorful show from my current perennial garden that will also add to my colorful designs. I think I'll go collect some more flowers to make Mom a pretty centerpiece! I'm grabbing my new bypass cutter and out the door I go......................................Fun fun fun!!
Are you having fun in the garden too? What is sprouting up in your neck of the woods? I plan on seeing my dahlias blooming early in a couple of weeks, then scabiosa, penstemon and bee balm.
Enjoy the peace of your garden...............
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