The Bleeding Hearts are starting to bloom, the other perennials are popping up, and three blisters later, I had raked 23 bags and two pickup loads of leaves.
Speaking of perennials, I also bought a new perennial for myself – Golden Varigated Sweet Iris. I had heard about it originally from Kerry Mendez when she was speaking about plants with flashy foliage and then saw it at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. So, when I visited my local nursery last week, it just jumped into my cart. I love looking out the window and seeing the flash of color amongst the green of the other leaves.
On Saturday at the Ask A MG table, we had great conversations with people about various gardening topics including soil testing, growing fruits, pruning, transplanting, growing zones, annuals versus perennials, and thwarting chipmunks. Over 200 residents showed up to sweep, rake, prune, and spread mulch around several park areas downtown.
All of the MG plants have been moved out of the little greenhouse and onto the driveway so they can get sun and rain and not quite so much intense heat.
Yesterday, I was at the UNH Greenhouse to help pot up a couple hundred tomato plants for our sale. I brought about 125 home to take care of until the sale. Do you grow tomatoes? What’s your favorite tomato variety?
I also mowed some grass, spray painted some pots, and planted up three hanging baskets and three containers. In two of the containers I used perennials – Boxwood, Coral Bells, Creeping Jenny, and European Ginger.
I used three Croton plants which have spiky red, yellow, and green leaves which ‘loosely’ resemble fire flames. I put them in a round saucer-like container, sunk it in the ground, and covered the edges with small pieces of wood. No splitting of wood is needed for my fire pit just regular watering. 🙂
At the end of the day, I had picked up 11,398 steps. I didn’t have any trouble falling asleep.
Happy Tuesday. We’re off to have lunch up at beautiful Alton Bay with friends. What are you up to this May 8th?