Is it just me, or does it seem like we aren’t getting a lot of exciting new releases right now? So I’m looking at a couple of flankers, thinking about reviewing them and just sighing out of boredom.
It’s much more exciting to be planning what flowers are going in this year and where and how to get some more amazing smells going on in my yard. I’ve yapped on and on about my daphne forever and think I finally have a place to put another one. They need full, unadulterated sunlight, southern facing, and their feet do not want to be wet even a little, so best to build it right at the top of a little slope so all the water runs off. Now that I’ve got the exact parameters figured out – plants, sheesh! But I went to the store and grabbed some peony blooms for my vases, and I always forget how great they smell. Now I need some of those in my garden.
And we have finally sectioned off a part of the yard enough to keep the bulldog out, who chews everything. he was even chewing on young rose plants, which some survived long enough to get some serious thorns, so he leaves them alone now. So now we’re planning that whole area again – for the 6th time, I think – but the rest of the area that used to be grass will now be a container veggie garden.
If you knew how much I hated gardening when I grew up on the farm, you’d know how really funny that is. Here’s what we have planted or are planning on planting – heirloom purple tomatoes, golden beets and those striped beets (I looooooove beets, I can happily roast them and eat them daily), arugula, orange bell peppers, herbs, maybe cucumbers. What else? I’m also planning on doing something between the pots, like a walkway through the pots and maybe a bunch of lavender? Heather? Tall grass? I’d like to have more smells, so the lavender appeals to me. But I want a lot of visual interest with different heights.
So all you gardeners and flower people out there, is there one vegetable or smelly flower I just have to have? I’m zone 5, so it can’t be all the big old white flowers I’d be inundated with if I lived in the south.
We haven’t done a giveaway in a while. I don’t have anything specific to give away, but I’ll give three commenters a surprise little sample pack of some new things I find around that are interesting.