|Various succulents await potting up into a large, rusty urn.|
A few posts back, I listed some of my summer projects. The list is growing longer than I originally intended, which is typical with me - a little obsessive am I. There is always so much that I want to do, and yes, so little time. I find it so interesting that more often than not, the first thing people say to me when they meet me in person is " I have no idea how you make time to do all that you do!". The truth is, I don't make the time, and I often take on too many tasks, too many promises, and too many special projects. Seeing that my parents were always the same way, I think that it is genetic. Little sleep, lots of coffee, and early mornings are the key. Oh yeah, practicing a close to 100% whole food plant based diet, and running every day helps! Here then, are some of those projects that I've started this weekend.
|Succulents can be planted close together, but I did not have enough, so although this looks a little weak, I guarantee that it will fill in by summer, once the heat arrives.|
|A little boring right now, but this will fill in by July. I never know what to do with these old urns, but this has always been my favorite pattern to set out, a dome of succulents in interesting colors and forms.|
|Many of the summer blooming bulbs have arrives, these Tuberoses must be planted in long tom pots early, and kept in the greenhouse warm, until they sprout. Be sure to get clumps from a reputable grower, these have small roots, and multiple noses. I am using my 1805 gardening book as a guide on how to grow these once very popular fragrant bulb plants. My source? Caladiums 4 Less.com. The finest, I think, as they grow them themselves.|
My friend Abbie Zabar, a garden writer and artist living in New York has re-inspired me to grow more ( and taller!) topiary. I am not sure that mine could ever be as fine as her terrace full of Rosemary and Olive trees, but it's something to strive for. Her fine book THE POTTED HERB, is worth searching out on rare book sites, or sometimes on Amazon, is a wonderful guide ( she wrote and illustrated it too!).
A Giant Caladium bulb from ( wait, did I forget to tell you about my big caladium project too?) the site Caladium Bulb-4-Less (yeah, bad name, awesome nursery - trust me!). This is one of their colossal bulbs, and it is about ten times larger than any Caladium bulb I have ever seen. I bought 50 ( I know, I know).
|These Caladium bulbs were so large, thatI would only plant one per 10 inch pot. These need warth in which to sprout, so the pots are kept in the greenhouse for a month.|