Things are finally getting past the frantic mode as I have actually made it a week without purchasing a plant. I know the girl at the nursery up the street thought I was about to move in with them. I told her I was addicted and she said she had seen worse. I shudder to think...
Part of the halt has been due to my part-time job, which I started this week. I am in the orientation/training phase and I worked 3 straight days from 8-5. I came home utterly exhausted. I guess I had gotten into the habit of sleeping late. I do not have to return until next week and I will be on my regular schedule which means I don't go in until 9am. I am not much of a morning person so I am relieved.
Remember the deck project a few weeks ago? We left the steps because they were literally falling off the sides. I got tired of waiting for the deck guy to show up and we have company coming into town next week so I thought "Why can't I do this myself"? Of course the answer to this is laughable because any type of project like this usually ends in cursing and disaster. I took the plunge though and I am so proud of myself. I picked out the wood and actually finished the steps today (there is another set of steps on the other side). Things actually went smoothly for the most part and all the tools cooperated. Michael was impressed too.
|Bleeding Heart (Dicentra 'Valentine')|
|Wild Ginger (Asarum) and Japanese Painted Fern 'Burgundy Lace'|
|Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis), a plant I loved in Alabama.|
|Sedum makinoi 'Ogon'. I am discovering the pleasures of the Home Depot Clearance Cart. |
This was one of my recent finds.
|Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa), I purchased this at the St. John's Native Plant Sale.|
|Delphinium trollifolium, a purchase at Hortlandia a few weeks ago.|
|Aubretia (Rock Cress), a Home Depot clearance find.|
|Another of the mystery shrubs already here in the garden turned out to be dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'. Thank you Amy Campion for the correct identification!|
|The fragrance is intense!|
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy