Friday, November 16, 2012

I missed bloomsday and probably your birthday

So I missed garden bloggers' bloom day, even though I still have things blooming in my garden. I have been incredibly distracted lately, flitting from one thing to the next.

I'm hosting Thanksgiving, so I'm in full-on house-crazy mode. A couple of years ago I decided to install a range hood and patch the hole in my kitchen ceiling right before Thanksgiving. Lately I've been obsessing over decor in the living room, as if anyone is going to notice any of that. People will notice whether the turkey was dry or if we ran out of wine.

If we're being honest, having enough wine means no one notices the turkey.

My brain tends to home in on one thing, as if THAT'S the reason I can't [fill in the achievement]. Of course I didn't get a raise! How could I when my living room mantel is such a mess? Thanksgiving will be a disaster if I don't repaint the front door! Nevermind that I haven't answered emails all week, many of them ABOUT THANKSGIVING, that door! That door.

That mantel.

Last weekend I didn't really feel like working in the garden but I had 200 bulbs to plant. So I got out there and it turned out to be one of my favorite types of day for gardening. It was cold and brisk but I could get by with just a sweatshirt. I planted crocuses, camassia in the rain garden, tulips and alliums in the lab, and daffodils under the coreopsis. I'm hoping the coreopsis will hide the dying foliage of the daffs but I'm skeptical of my placement.

I also moved and removed a lot of plants. My Phylica pubescens that I was so excited about? I killed it. I don't feel so bad since there was a vigorous conversation about this plant on Scott's Facebook page.

I hate that plant! It dies if you look at it wrong!
You can't under-water it. But you also can't over-water it. Or it will die.
That plant drinks all the milk and then puts the empty carton back in the fridge.
Don't look at it, period. Or it will die. 
Phylica pubescens watches you while you sleep.

At least I'm in good company. I swapped it out for some of my cannas. I swapped those cannas out for some different cannas from the backyard. Clear as mud? Moving on!

I thought I ordered three New Zealand wind grasses last spring. I actually ordered three New Zealand sedges. They are fine sedges but they don't have the height and color I wanted for this area.

I moved two to the berm but I suspect I'll rip them out, come spring.

I'd write more but I need to sand that chemical burn out of the coffee table or Greg will never marry me. Happy Friday, happy bloom day!


  1. made me rofl about the Phylica...I've never seen such drama over any plant before! I really need to get out and plant my growing horde of bulbs...les sigh. I agree that the Sedges were too short against the house, sadly...but I rather like them in the berm...they really soften the areas around those Agaves...nice mix of hard & soft. Your Ricinus still looks so happy!

  2. Great to see that Salvia ('Black and Blue'?) still blooming. I think you have the right focus for hosting Thanksgiving - enough wine and you'll have to point out the turkey to your guests, let alone the repainted door or sanded coffee table.

    So are congrats in order? I did think that, minus the huge arachnids, your Hawaiian holiday sounded unbelievably romantic!

  3. Do you know when the ricinus should start rotting? I thought for sure that it would be dead when we got back from our trip!

  4. Our vacation was successful! I don't want to brag but we are *really* good at vacationing on Maui. And yes, it was very romantic!

  5. I'm betting it'll go strong until our first good frost...then, mush :-(

  6. I want to see your camassias next spring. One of my favorite bulbs, and I am glad you planted them. My son is named Greg and I want him to marry his girlfriend, so should I encourage her to sand out any imperfections in their formica coffee table? Will that help?

  7. I am fairly certain that coffee table imperfections correlate with singledom, so get to work! :)

  8. I agree with Scott about the sedges in the berm. About that coffee table...what do you think "coffee table books" are for?