A Temporary Transplant My first gardens were all about two kinds of plantings: vegetables and annuals. For one thing, I rented the home, and as a renter, a person is not very motivated to sink time, money, and effort into planting perennials and shrubs. So probably the first thing I did during this period was to plant bulbs. Not annuals in the strict sense, but carefree color when I most … [Read more...] about What’s So Great About Annual Flowers?
These are flowers to illustrate fairy tales, and so easy that a child can grow them successfully. In fact, once you plant them, they may just grow on their own happily ever after. They are one of my favorite reseeding annuals. How These Poppies Look The petals of the Shirley poppy are described as tissue paper or tissue silk, and for such a sturdy plant everything about them seems … [Read more...] about Shirley Poppies, Papaver rhoeas
I have mostly planted containers for this season's show of annuals, with the old stalwart re-seeders popping up in the recently cultivated parts of my garden, mainly along the lavender hedged walkaway. I lost lots of the reseeding annuals when I mulched my perennial borders around five years ago. I think that was a huge mistake. My purpose had been to keep the weeding down and to preserve … [Read more...] about Annual Flowers in My 2008 Garden