Are you a keen gardener? I would like to be, and at least four times a year (once per season sounds about right...or perhaps never in winter and twice every spring) I throw myself into gardening with keen enthusiasm. I enjoy being outside when the weather is Just So. I love the damp-earth smell, the satisfaction of new buds on something I've planted, of nipping out from the kitchen to collect herbs when I'm cooking. Which is my preferred domestic activity on a more regular basis than gardening.
But it is spring and so I'm on a gardening jag. This week, at least. There are weeds to pull, and annuals to plant and others to be replaced, the ones which didn't make it though the winter of my neglect. This makes me sad and regretful and, as I dig and plant and water and mulch, I vow to do better with the replacements.
One of my replenishment tasks is a bed of irises -- tall and bearded, which sounds fashionably hipster -- many of which were planted by my mum. She dug them up before leaving the farm where she raised us. She called them hardy. She believed even I couldn't kill them.
She was wrong.
This past weekend I visited an iris farm and chose my replacements. With hundreds to choose from this was quite a task. My garden is largely white and blue...or various shades of lilac and lavender and purple. I managed to stick with this palette despite the lure of bright gold and salmon pink and rich burgundy.
I took many, MANY photos to keep track of those I chose versus those I wanted to choose but which didn't make the final cut. They will be dug and sent in March and this time next spring I will know if I did, indeed, choose these. There may be a few surprises, but that will be fun, right?
|Fiesta in Blue|
|Got the Blues|
What have you been planning or planting in your garden?
Do you have a favourite flower, or perhaps a planting which has special meaning?