In early March, I posted a little ditty about my plant hoarding weakness. Or perhaps I should call it boundless plant curiosity. Anyway, I had just signed up for a 400 sf community garden plot. Since then, I have moved gobs of struggling beauties over there, from my shady paradise at home. Now that summer temperatures are here, I might have to visit more frequently to water, but for the first couple of months Nature helped me out, so I only averaged about one trip per week. I was astounded to see my struggling plants improve from week to week. Holy moly! Seeing them – FINALLY – in their right element, has been incredibly rewarding. And with only one visit a week, the positive changes from one week to the next felt almost unreal. Talk about boost! My little plot experiment has proven the point that ‘when given what we need, we all have the capacity to thrive’ beyond all doubt.
Yes, I broke down and planted some herbs and veggies too – but only those I classify as ‘prettibles’. Beyond that, it’s still a randomly conceived “holding tank” for various plants I wanted to test, but I do admit it feels ridiculously great to eat food you grew yourself. Ever the ornamentalist, I can totally see the allure of domestic food production. I guess I’m evolving…
I planted a number of annuals, like the poppy and nemophila. They have been making me happy for over a month now. I planted some rescues, and some things left over from a few projects. I planted things I thought were dead. And others for which I had no recollection of origin. And, I planted things I’ve gotten from friends.
Every year, we Portland garden bloggers get together and have a couple of plant swaps – one in spring and one in fall. I have gotten some really wonderful things from those; a Musella lasiocarpa, green-flowering Nicotiana langsdorffii, a lovely little Geranium I forget the name of, several Agaves… and so on. My friend Tamara of Chickadee Gardens fame gave me starts of many of the things she grows. Lucky me! Happy to report everything is doing fab and some probably think they’ve won the lottery! I even have a flower bud on this little Eryngium I’ve had for a couple of years. SO fun! Trust me – until further notice it’s a big, happy mess!
Of course the intention was to have more room for experimenting in this new play space of mine, but don’t you think I already filled it up? I will have to do some serious editing later, but for now, I’m just enjoying seeing that things are still alive, despite being subjected to various earlier abuses (read: testing/pushing of limits). More to come, I’m sure.