I planted my tulips and crocus today, finally. The Triumph tulip that I planted was called ‘Red Lips’. It has a white base with red edges. Sort of the reverse of ‘Merry Widow’ or ‘Lucky Strike’. I have a thing for red and white tulips.
I seem to have lost my gusto for planting the bulbs though. But that is probably just the effect of a troubled mind. Unfortunately that is probably just what it is.
Anyway, it was a good day for planting even though the soil was a bit heavy. My husband helped again by digging out a young maple and placing it elsewhere. I appreciated that. He did the whole process by himself, the planting even! Peat moss, watering…. the whole bit.
I removed some more dead annuals and potted up the vining geraniums (pelargoniums). oops-forgot to get the dahlias tucked away in the basement…. oh well, I will do that tomorrow.
Now that I am thinking of the dahlias, when I dug them up I noticed that the one planted closest to the fennel, even though it bloomed very well, had a stunted, almost non-existent, rootstock. I have read that fennel is inhibiting to other plants growth, and this seems so from the poor dahlia. I am saving it and replanting next year, if possible, anyway. It was a beautiful lavender decorative with purplish leaves. One of the “redskin” varieties (which they all were this year).
Most of my plants are safely in, we are due for a bit of cold and the rest of fall will be chancy now. Only a few really outstanding things I need to do outside this year. I think. I am probably mistaken, but I hope I don’t realize it ’til tomorrow. What was that phrase Scarlett O’ Hara used? “Tomorrow, I’ll think about it tomorrow….” Just another variation on “Mañana“.