Saturday, June 30, 2012

Drunk plant shopping

The best part of having the memory of a goldfish is that I order plants online and, two days later when they arrive, it's a genuine surprise opening the box. What did I order? Why would I order only one of these? Why did I order this plant I'm recommending for my sister's yard? It's a mystery and a little like living in that movie Memento, except without the constant tattooing.


I've been wanting to rearrange some plants in the yard, some of which were just working as placeholders. I received this Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist' at a garden exchange and plopped it in the ground in the front yard. The agave berm didn't exist then. I really dig this grass but being surrounded by brown mulch wasn't doing much for it. Greg thought it was dead and I was just having a hard time letting it go. I hoard dead leaves and empty nursery pots, Greg, not dead plants.

It's alive

I moved it to the berm, where hopefully you can see it a little better against the light gravel and agaves.


I planted some Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa.


We still had a tarp covered in extra gravel hanging out next to the berm. It looked super classy, especially with the garden hose laying about. I finally got the extra gravel moved to buckets in the garage and I planted some of the plants I don't remember picking out. I have to stop shopping when I've been drinking wine.

I will never stop plant shopping while drinking wine. It's way too fun.

I need something to make my Dasylirion grow BIG, now.

Where the tarp used to live I planted an Anchusa azurea 'Alkanet' and a silver sage (Salvia argentea).


I know it will happen soon but I want everything in the front yard to grow already. It all looks so placed in a line. 

In the hellstrip I planted two Redbirds in a Tree (Scrophularia macrantha). They look exactly as advertised. They are supposed to be clay tolerant and require no summer water.


In other news, the Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' that I got from Kate is exploding in buttery colored blooms. I hear these peter out after a couple of years, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts. I'll forget what it was by then, so remind me, okay?


Bought anything good while you were tipsy lately?

19 comments:

  1. I want your front garden to grow too. Now, and no waiting. I like the carex against the house, it's structural with the agaves, and unusual. Your plant choices and your hardscaping design are great, how I want to see it all filled in! It will soon enough, but right now it's tough to keep imagining the final effect each time you see it, I know.

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  2. i order tools and dvds on amazon all the time and don't know what's coming. the up side of having a bad memory is that you get the joy of buying stuff twice - once when you order it and once when it arrives. yippee.

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  3. I have had the experience of ordering plants and when they arrive trying to remember where I was going to put them. As to plant shopping while drinking, I find that all the plant images on the screen are sufficient intoxication to impair judgement, though not sufficient to impair motor skills to the point where I can't click a mouse and type in credit card numbers.

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  4. I'm just bummed that I didn't think of this blog post title first...

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  5. Oh god, 1-click is the worst! Especially if you have prime. "Oh, it's only $40? And free shipping? Buy."

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  6. Oh god, 1-click is the worst! Especially if you have prime. "Oh, it's only $40? And free shipping? Buy."

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  7. Oh god, 1-click is the worst! Especially if you have prime. "Oh, it's only $40? And free shipping? Buy."

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  8. What I do when I've had a glass or two of wine is to wax poetic, commenting on people's garden blogs. I'm sure you've been one of the lucky recipients of my insightful comments. But thank god I don't pull out the credit card, so far... that'd be instant financial disaster.

    The 'Toffee Twist looks good where you moved it. I've found it helps it to be backed by green or a dark color. The scrofularia look darn nice for arriving in a box. And you're doing something right: I've never been able to get 'MoonBeam' coreopsis to bloom. But if you want some of the bright yellow 'Zagreb', I'm your woman.

    And no, wine hasn't touched my lips today...yet.

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  9. I am enjoying your blog SO MUCH right now. Not that I don't usually, but even more so these days. It is so reassuring to me to hear you talk about your memory - I'm not the only one who does these things!

    Also, it has been over 100 just about every day here lately and we have had barely any rain (literally, just over an inch the entire month of June! Ridiculous.), and it's just way too hot and dry to do any planting or transplanting. So I am super thankful to be able to see you moving things around like I want to be doing. Thank you for rocking ass as ever!

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  10. That makes me feel so much better that I'm not the only one with a crummy memory. And that sucks that your weather is so hot and dry. It sounds like we're one of the only parts of the country not suffering from drought right now. We have it very easy gardening here.

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  11. No wonder I enjoy your comments so much! Thanks for the tip on backing that grass--I really need help with the backside of the berm, which is basically empty right now. That helps a lot!

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  12. You could use it and I'd never be upset. You have about 1000 times more readers than I do, so no one would ever know! We might have to buy off Jane but I bet she'd keep silent for a plant or two.

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  13. I'm so grateful Amazon doesn't sell plants. If I had free shipping and the ability to buy things with one click? Financial ruin.

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  14. Maybe if I drink more wine, they will start to blur and double and I'll get the effect of everything knitted together? I think it's worth a shot.

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  15. HammeringOurWayHomeJuly 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    LURVE THIS. I recently post-happy-hour-whiskey-sours did a bit of online shopping. A few days later I received the bestest pants of my entire life....FIT FOR A TWO YEAR OLD. Opps.

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  16. Hmm...no drinking and driving...and vowing to shop local...has obviously been cramping my style.

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  17. I think it would be totally reasonable to bring a flask to Joy Creek and do some shopping. Then you could crash in the shade garden and sober up before driving home.

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  18. Wandered over to your blog from the DIYDiva. Following you now simply because of the title in this post. Awesome.

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