My garden is in the throes of February. It thaws, it freezes, it is ice, it is puddles, it is whatever February wants to be!
I am hesitant to start seeds because I have so many irons in the fire at this time; yet I know I will be sorry if I don’t. Maybe if I keep my plans small (unlikely once started) I can manage. I would like some pansies to set out in the spring, and really ought to start some osteospermums, because they have gotten so expensive and I am addicted to having some in pots at the front porch.
Plants I Like
Let’s see…what else do I want? I really would like more Echinacea. I started some from seed a couple years ago. They are fine for me that way, but they don’t multiply so well in my garden. It was not what was expected. They are Prairie plants, which should do well here, and they are reputed to be easy for most people. Maybe I crowded them or something.
I want more blue flax, but those are best started in situ. You have to renew those every once in awhile. They will reseed if the ground is kept open, but in an established perennial garden they tend to evaporate over a couple years.
Maybe I should put marjoram in my list? I love marjoram, and used to grow enough of it to make pretty herbal wreaths. It became expensive to buy at the nursery. They enlarge the pots so you have to spend more per plant, when what is wanted is more plants at less cost…. even when they are smaller. This is especially true for one-season plants, like marjoram in Zone 5.
Marjoram is easy to grow from seeds, so that is the solution to that problem.
I have no real plan yet. I want to expand the garden, but I still have time constraints this year. Besides this, I still have some matters that are not pure planting, and the garage area needs to look presentable.
Cleaning and clearing, planting hardy low maintenance things is needed. Right now there is a young white lilac surrounded by a rough box. That’s it. I did have a plan for a structure for vines in front… but that requires the aid of the Handyman, otherwise known as Overworked Husband. Regardless of how we work it, that area needs some screening, and it tends to become an eyesore catchall.
Must do something category:
Maybe just one side of the intended pergola-like structure could go up…. that would work.
P.S. to myself Morning Glories. Don’t forget to start some early in plantable peat pots. And seed some in March in the ground. A country garden needs ‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glories.