It seems my list of things to do in the garden this year is getting longer by the day. There’s the roses that need to be dug up so all of the grass can be eliminated once and for all. Is this possible? Then there’s the many plants that need to find a new home because a large, diseased tree was cut down. They struggled through last year but I want them to thrive this year! I will also need to assess winter damage or possibly death from the bitter cold. There are many, many, many perennials to be divided. Did I say there were many? I could also spend days looking through the assortment of seed catalogs to simply figure out that I will plant the same sweet peas that I traditionally plant every year. Of course, I want to propagate some shrubs by using the layering method. And how could I forget weeding? All those precious weeds need to find their way into the yard debris bin. Maybe my garden fairies will help with that. But they won’t help until I’ve created their fairy home and garden! Sheesh!! I better get started. Wait. I need a nap first.
This morning I am feeling so blessed thinking about my new business and how it’s everything I’d hoped for. I have been meeting some of the kindest people. Beautiful people. On top of that, I’m working with plants all day. What could be better? After all I’ve been through, to arrive at this moment in time so happy, is such a miracle. I realize the miracle. I see the miracle. I am the miracle. How could I possibly be more blessed.
I didn’t really think it was possible to be thankful for the rain. I am a sun worshiper. I LOVE the sun! It makes me happy! But, with the last few days of rain, I’ve been kept inside. My house is thanking me. Truly. I can hear it giving thanks. LOL Everything is dusted and areas that needed deep cleaning, are clean. I’m even getting some baking done. Truth be told, it hasn’t been all work. Yesterday, I enjoyed a massage, pedicure and a wonderful nap. So this rain has also provided a much needed rest for me. Yep! I am thankful for the rain.
The heavy rains have conquered what I call my monster rose. It’s a beautiful old fashioned pink climber that goes all the way to the top of our house. That is until the recent heavy rains. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about it. It’s in full bloom and I HATE to just prune down. Not sure why the picture isn’t loading. Technology!
It’s an incredibly beautiful Mothers’ Day today. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. What a great way to start the day. I thought I should write a little about my business today. I’ve started this plant rescue and exchange and it’s going great! I’ve never been happier. It dawned on me yesterday that people may not realize they don’t need plants to exchange to come into my business. The plants I already have in stock are for sale too. I have them priced so reasonably. I want gardening to be affordable for everyone! An advantage to purchasing plants from me, is they have all been grown in our weather and not in a greenhouse. This is a huge advantage for the plants to get established in your yard. Now, go get those hands dirty!
I can only speak from my own experience on this. The textbooks may disagree. If you really need to divide perennials during a hot spell, try to do it in the morning hours. Be sure to soak the plant to make sure the roots are moist. Cut back as much foliage as you’re comfortable with. Now you’re ready to dig it up. After you’re dug it up, divided and potted your plant, be sure to water well. Keep the plant out of full sun for about a week. The plant is already stressed and doesn’t need the full sun to add to it. Would love to hear your questions/comments.