Catching Up

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I have a cold. I went to bed early. I should be sleeping by now, but I’m not. Like Ilona, ” I am often simply torn by desires and obligations into divvying up my time and energies. The garden calls, but I cannot answer nearly as much as I would like.” I miss writing here and I miss gardening, and I have been laying in bed alternately writing posts and horticultural to-do lists in my head. Since it’s too dark to garden (and I frankly don’t feel up to it), I’m going to see if writing for a while will relieve my insomnia.

As I mentioned here, I have become enamored with Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer.’ I think I have the perfect place for it, only a Rosa virginiana is growing there. Or was. You see, I have been wanting to plant a red-stemmed dogwood shrub in view of the kitchen window, so that in the middle of winter, while washing dishes, we would have something colorful to look at. As I was poring over catalogs, trying to decide exactly which red-stemmed dogwood to plant, a light-bulb suddenly went off in my head. I want a red-stemmed shrub there; I have a red-stemmed shrub here that I want to remove from this location. Of course! Move the plant from location A to location B. Which I did, with a lot of help from my son Lachlan. The only thing that blinded me to this great idea was the fact that it was a rose, and not a dogwood. Of course, if the rose doesn’t take in its new location, it’s back to shopping for a dogwood. And I won’t be getting that hydrangea this year, because I know there are plenty of rose roots left behind, and I plan to be pulling suckers for the rest of this season, and maybe next year, too.

In other news: the daffodils planted in a semicircle came up spotty this year. That is to say, some came up and some didn’t. Not sure why.

The purple-leaved smokebush is showing signs of life, but the buddleia I gambled on is not. Drat. I need a tall (4 to 6 foot) plant with blooms the color of Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ that also blooms at the same time as Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ and ‘Lemon Cap.’ Want to nominate a likely candidate?

My Japanese honeysuckle is not showing signs of life either, but if that goes, I already know I want to try a native wisteria there.

The Cornelian cherry finally bloomed this year, and I have to say I was underwhelmed. It was supposed to bloom before the forsythia (not) and floriferous enough to be visible from the house (not). Maybe it just needs more time. I saw a photo of a stunning specimen at Cornell University, which was what inspired me to get one.

Okay, I’m well over the half hour I allotted to myself. Time to attempt sleeping again. I do feel less knotted up for having written.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

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

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