Winners and Losers

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

I have to say I have derived great satisfaction from my Anchusa “Dropmore” aka Italian alkanet. It is still blooming and is such a vibrant blue. I started it from seeds I purchased from Select seeds. Also, the Fenbow Nutmeg Clove just bloomed – fabulous color, wonderful scent.

Some of my delphiniums did flop over, but they seem to really thrive up here.

Losers – anything that has a reputation for being easy to grow. I had just one White Dames Rocket survive, and I realized that many of the plants that I started last year are pretty close to the weeds I pull out of my garden.

Self seeding is the big story here. My cutting garden is better this year than last – Dill, Larkspur, Shirley Poppies, Blue Corn flowers, Nigella, a few sweet peas, Burpleurum, Bells of Ireland, Black Prince Snapdragrons (perennial it seems) Cosmos, Calendula, Black Cornflowers, Coreopsis tinctoria, White Snapdragons, all blooming and thriving. Elsewhere, Nicotiana , Siberian Wallflowers, and Verbena Bonariensis need to be thinned out.

The Japanese Beetles have just arrived to the Rose Garden, but I don’t have the stomach for bug murder. I am still weeding constantly and trying to throw down seeds where I can. I don’t even feel like I am treading water, I feel like I am losing ground every day, putting out fires. Meanwhile, I literally have not been stopping to smell the roses, or to look at my lovely lavender hedge that I grew from seed.

Tomorrow I will try to sit in my garden and close my eyes and just smell all the lovely scents, and then walk by the bugs and say hello to the weeds and pick myself a bouqet of flowers and some lettuce for lunch, and sit down and relax over lunch and toast my accomplishments and to hell with the rest.

About the Author

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York’s North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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