Planning for Planting in 2009

I got a $50 Home Depot gift card last week, and it didn’t last very long.  I bought seeds for the labyrinth, and those little greenhouse peat pellet units – two 72-plant trays, two 25-plant trays and two 12-plant trays.  I’ve never tried the peat pellet setup before . . .  I sure hope it works.  The ones germinating now are for Coleus (72), Lavender (49), Impatiens (25) and purple Basil (72). I’m thinking of putting the lavender and purple basil out in the boulevard, as part of a much needed plant-scape I plan to do out there this year.

I also got a selection of seeds to sow directly in the ground after danger of frost.  So I found a source for frost dates in MN.  For Minneapolis the dates are:

April 28th – 10% chance or less of low temp below 28 degrees
May 12th – 10% chance or less of low temp below 32 degrees
May 24th – 10% chance or less of low temp below 36 degrees

So we’ll be planting Morning Glories and Ornamental Grass–Blue Fescue (a perennial) in the labyrinth garden.  We’ll have Alyssum  out in front of the store, and if there is any extra, somewhere in the labyrinth garden proper, or in pots. I’m even planning for next year with some foxglove seeds.  They are biennials.  So they flower in the second year.  I’ll plant some out front and some back in the Fairy Corner.

From Solstice to Sultry

I think there’s just something about a cascade of clematis which makes me think summer.  Add in 80+ degree days and you have the perfect combination for sitting on the “We” bench and sipping pink lemonade, watching bees and butterflies do their thing. We have two varieties of clematis (both purple beauties) climbing the wall and then cascading down in our upper garden. They’ve really taken hold this year.

The rose bush we planted two summers ago, is also putting forth it’s little delicate blooms.  These aren’t the bold hybrid roses, everyone expects.  This is one which doesn’t require any extra fuss in the winter, and just does the simple blooms that nature originally intended.  It’s in front of the clematis, so it is a delicate counterpoint.  Here are all the pics, remember to click the thumbnail to get a bigger version:

A Break in the Rain

I love the rain, for some reason, it has become my favorite time to walk the labyrinth. I just gear up in my raincoat and head on out there. Maybe it’s the sound of the rain falling. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s no one else out there when it rains and I’m just such a loaner. In any case, once the rain let up, I took the opportunity to capture some pictures of ‘my kids’ while they were busy drinking. As always, click on the thumbnail to get a bigger picture and more description.