In my self-imposed, poorly orchestrated attempt at reducing my plant budget (you know, the whole life during wartime thing), I've been on a propagating rampage.
My latest round of propagatees - lovely little cuttings - have been remarkably successful.
I would share with you what they are - that is, if I had a clue. All I know is that I snipped them from lovely plants that were new to me - either because of interesting flowers or foliage, and I suppose my hope is that most of them are perennials.
I enjoy propagating plants - it's quite rewarding. I think I had forgotten that. Silly me.
Finally, this afternoon, I forced myself into one of my vegetable beds - after promising myself that I was going to have a productive fall vegetable garden...come hell or high water.
(It's hurricane season - so the whole 'high water' thing isn't one of those long-range possibilities).
There were weeds, more weeds - and still more weeds. I'm a 'no-till' fan, so I was out there with my pitch fork, turning over the soil - picking out the weeds as I went. Long strings of white dollar weed roots, secret stashes of Florida betony, and wild morning glory winding around stalks of grass. The bed was quite a mess.
Anyway, my plan is to plant alot from seed - but I did purchase a pot filled with cilantro - that today I divided into three and planted. Then I mulched around them with a bale of hay that I had sitting around for a long while (all the better!).
What else did I plant? Six beautiful little chinese cabbages (aka bok choy) - also from one pot and divided. Then asian greens and brocolli and brussel sprouts (mostly from seed) - other lettuces too. I want to also get onions in too - and garlic in a few weeks.
I feel good, knowing that my fall vegetable garden is started.
I also put my foxglove in the ground - grown from seed, started by a colleague and given to me in a few small soil plugs. I separated them - and placed them into individual small pots - and had good success with them.
I still need to mulch them - but I did get them in the ground and watered. I'll try and remember to mulch them tomorrow.
I wish I had planned ahead, and started more seedlings - but this little patch of them will have to do - at least this year.
We've been having rain in the forecast for several days now - but no rain is falling on my garden. We're having a dry late summer.
Planted right into an area of grass - more weeds than grass - and tomorrow I'll mulch them (back to the whole no-till thing). It was one pot and I divided them into three small clumps, and planted them at the edge of a larger bed, adjacent to a mulched path surrounding a vegetable bed.
I've not grown Bergenia before -- and must admit I'm a bit confused. According to the 'Proven Winners' tag that came with the plant, it's a zone 4-11 perennial. However if you go to the Proven Winners page for this plant, it's zone 4-9. The Dave's Garden page for 'Autumn Glory' says it's zone 4a-7b.
My garden is definitely an 8b warming to a 9 - so 7b isn't gonna work.
So please allow me to end with the lyrics from a song perfect for the ocassion:
Does anybody really know what zone it is?
Does anybody really care??
If so, I can't imagine why...
La, la, lalalalaaaaaaaaaaa...