The forecast was for a rainy Monday, with possible thunderstorms, but we were blessed with sunshine the entire day! Taking advantage of the unexpectedly clear day, the Cutting Garden was next on the list to be cleaned and tidied. Since the tiny asparagus bed, planted last year, was adjacent those old stalks were cut off first, and then the Cutting Garden got all my attention. It really didn’t need a lot of work, just removing old mum stalks and digging out dozens of baby dandelions. It had gotten a once-over last last fall, when all the frosted zinnias, etc. and weeds had been removed.
Two things were obvious: 1) Very few perennials have returned. There are daylilies, some black-eyed Susans shown here,
a few mums, and thankfully the May Queen shastas. If you like cutting flowers that are extra easy and almost no-work, grow them. They are so reliable and produce bouquets of 2″ or more white daisies. (The photo is of the Deck Garden last May, but there will be many identical flowers in this year’s Cutting Garden.) There were no blue salvia, feverfew, or verbena bonariensis and very, very few rudbeckia. 2) There aren’t many self-seeded plants yet either, but maybe since we’ve had cooler than normal weather that’s to be expected. There were maybe a dozen baby rudbeckias that aren’t BLack-eyed Susans, a dozen larkspur (shown below) and that’s it so far! Maybe a little warmth will bring more, I hope.
I’m realizing it was a GREAT idea to order all those new dahlias, (see “Dallying with Dahlias” to read about my impulse buy) but now I’m thinking maybe I should plant some lily bulbs, too. I’m only hesitant because the Cutting Garden is fully exposed to the prevalent west winds, and therefore tall lilies would require staking, which is not only ugly, but a lot of work. I’ll give it more thought, and a little more time to see if any additional volunteers appear.
How is your Cutting Garden faring? Do you mix the perennials with the annuals, or keep them separate? How do you stake lilies?