February makes me feel dreary and heavy. Every winter I pledge to plant something the following fall (when the new plants can establish without the stresses of summer heat) that will keep me cheered up in the winter to come.
Yesterday I began to make good on that pledge. I also got started on transplanting things that did okay this year, but might perform better next year with a bit more sun, or perhaps a bit more shade.
Chamaecyparis ‘Gold Mop’ now resides in a bed just off the deck, where I can enjoy it from the breakfast table. It will get 3-5′ high and wide in time. It’s back isguarded by Panicum ‘Dallas Blues’ and semi-evergreen Lonicera fragrantissima.
To make space for ‘Gold Mop,’ I had to dig up some peonies (‘Raspberry Sundae,’ I think?) that can join some compatriots in the front yard, as well as some Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low.’ I divided both plants to about four or five parts. Honestly, there is nothing easier in the plant world than ‘Walker’s Low.’ I also transplanted a salvia that was in too much shade and Salvia puberula, also known as rosebud sage, which I grew from a cutting taken earlier this summer. I think their fuchsia shades will look dynamite next to the golden yellow of ‘Gold Mop.’
I’ve also got a Symphotrichum oblingifolium ‘Fanny’s Aster’ nearby that will complement the salvias and chamaecyparis. It suffered in August this year when we went basically a month without rain, but with temps in the high 90s. It’s going to sleep this fall, but check back next year.
I’m really glad to read your blog again. Although I’m a nightmare of a gardener and 20x generally overcommitted in life, I really enjoy observing the small things in a garden. You’ve inspired me to order some snowdrops (the topic of your blog that first got me reading it).
Your text is quiet and observational and very nice to read after the chaos of my days.
Thanks for publishing your thoughts and activities John
On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 1:28 PM, MissingHenryMitchell wrote:
> missinghenrymitchell posted: “February makes me feel dreary and heavy. > Every winter I pledge to plant something the following fall (when the new > plants can establish without the stresses of summer heat) that will keep me > cheered up in the winter to come. Yesterday I began to ma” >
Thank you so much! What a kind message. I am delighted to know you enjoy my blog and that it brings you some peace. I am glad to be back to it after several hectic months.