Friday, March 25, 2011

A Garden We Will Grow

It's Friday. Which means in one more day, I'll be gardening. There are so many flowers I'm trying this year ...
Ranunculus. I love anything that is a "poor man's" version of something else. For me, the ranunculus is the poor man's rose. (And then there's alstromeria, which is the poor man's lily). I actually love ranunculus as much, or more, than roses. The petals wrap in such a graceful, round pattern, so billowy and neat at the same time, somehow.

I'm going for some gladiolus this year. I am thinking these will be dramatic when mixed in with layers of other plants and flowers, of varying heights, by the front porch. I'm going to stagger my planting to a few bulbs every two weeks so I'll have a summer of color. 

 This is Burpees "snowball" marigold. I tried them when they first came out, with seedlings for myself and for my mother. They grew famously. They don't smell all stinky, like regular marigolds, which is a definite plus. I'm not such a fan of marigolds, honestly. 

Trying my hand with some foxglove this year. We'll see how that goes. 

I'm going to mix in some wild and crazy cosmos for fun. I figure if they grow by the roadside all down the Blue Ridge Parkway, certainly they will grow in my little old yard. 


  1. I love you pallet, all those pinks and whites. Our vegetables will be going in late this year. I'm not sure I'll even get to flowers, but dream of a wild and crazy perennial garden.