It’s been bitter cold for weeks, but suddenly the snow is melting and slosh turning to mud is the outlook for the weekend. All this “stuck indoors time” has given me the opportunity to consider improvements and skills for the coming season. So here’s my top Six for Saturday! I saw this adorable rain chain during GardenWalk in Buffalo, NY. If you need inspiration for gardening in small spaces, or innovative gardening ideas design or plant-wise, go to GardenWalk (July 28 & 29, 2018!) There are over 400 beautiful, creative urban gardens open for visits in one weekend. This rain chain was the creation of Jim Charlier, who blogs at Art of Gardening. You should visit his blog just to see his shed. It’s amazing. Or his Harry Potter Garden. But I digress….. I think I need a rain chain like that one for the Lady Cottage, don’t you? I saw this apple tree on our trip to Normandy last fall. If I could learn to grow a columnar apple tree, there would be room for one in my potager, or maybe even two! Or maybe I should try an espalier like this potted one awaiting planting at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain kitchen garden: I wonder what the price tag is on a beauty like that! Not sure I can live long enough to grow one like that myself, or afford a potted one but it sure would be lovely along the fence or against the Lady Cottage.
In another garden in Buffalo, I saw these colorful allium seed heads, and thought “If I sprayed mine bright orange, they’d add a spark to the potager’s interior border in that gap between spring bulbs and the slower annuals.” Spray them after they are done blooming on a nice, dry sunny day. What do you think? Too garish? I think I’ll give it a go, and if it’s too much, they can always be clipped off.
I’ve been reading lots of Brit’s posts about growing sweet peas with great envy. I do manage to grow a few, like this one in a pot.which was quite lovely, but there were so few and by the time they bloomed the heat was on. All the ones I planted along the fence between the Lady Cottage and greenhouse were devoured by rabbits. I did learn I need to pinch off the tops to make them bushier, which I’ve never done (but wouldn’t that slow them down even more?) so I’ll give them an earlier start, pinch, and put chicken wire along the bottom to keep the rabbits from feasting on them. During this cold, cold spell I’ve had lots of time to review all the photos I took during last season. Here’s one of the North Island bed. One of the things I noticed is that it needs some shastas at the west (far) end to balance the ones on the east (front) end. And maybe I need to make the entire island a bit bigger, especially at the far end. So, I’ll be seeding more shastas along with the violas and pansies this weekend. That’s my “Six on Saturday.” What plans are you making for the coming season?
Thanks to “The Propagator” for sponsoring the “Six on Saturday” meme. And hey, aren’t you impressed? I finally figured out how to do the link part! (I hope!)