Thursday, May 16, 2013

Plant Exchange

It’s an amazing time of year right now with all of nature in bloom. Color begins to enter the landscape once more, birds are singing and you breathe in all the smells. We simply love it here at JDL. And we’re itching to get a lot done outside…

These days, Lonnie and I are working on a secret… It has to do with plants – lots of plants and lots of something else. It’s gonna be good – I can tell you that! But that’s all I can say :)

Somewhat relevant to that, I’ve been working on removing some flower beds and moving a lot of things around in my yard. That’s how I ended up with quite a few leftover perennials, including a number of poppies, which were supposed to be white and burgundy – but turned out bright orange, a color that definitely doesn’t go with the rest of the colors in my yard. So they had to go. Luckily, they were able to spread joy in several other places.

I have a good friend with whom I always trade perennials, both when each of us has something we don’t want anymore and if something can be split or is suitable for reproduction by cuttings. This way we both get many more plants for our gardens without any expense.

I got an abundance of strawberry plants in return, among other things – a whole wheel barrow full of them in fact! Since I don’t have a vegetable garden, I’ve filled a pallet with soil and planted them there. Now they sit right by my back stairs, and I can already picture the children’s excitement when they see the first berries. /Vivian

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