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 needed it: after long, cold winters.
Tulips and crocus bulbs were the main choices, and then every spring I would get some flower seeds and plant the bulb areas with brightly flowering annuals. Zinnias, candytuft, alyssum, marigolds – even cosmos. It was sort of a wildflower look- wild, anyway!
Further into the growing season I would carve out a veggie patch, putting in tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and whatever else I felt would be yummy; parsley was favored for under the tomatoes.
Self Seeding Annuals and the Logical Progression
Through the years certain annuals remained, doggedly perhaps, sprouting up in the sometimes disturbed earth of certain parts of my borders.
The Nigella, Love-In-A-Mist, hordes of Shirley poppies filled June, the specie form of Calendulas, long reverted to their old origins, but no less cheerful and sweet for all that.Then I moved into my own first home…. and I discovered perennials.
Then, Finally, Perennials
Perennials were my long love affair with plants and gardening, but I never forgot annuals. I only put them back in the scullery, so to speak, as perennials grew and multiplied (with a little help from their friend, me!).
Certain annuals have loved it here- I have dill weed in bunches every year. It is a good thing.
Because I have nowhere near the garden opportunity that I did years ago: grandchildren must be visited, vacations to make up for years of not having any, the necessity of portioning out more of my energy to just keep up this place and try to declutter (my main goal for this time of my life!).
But I find I am also returning to my first love for annuals. Why would I do that? Their fresh and pretty morning faces may have something to do with that.
8 Good Reasons To Plant Annual Flowers
- Annuals are easy
- They provide long lasting color and a source of cut flowers
- Annuals are worry free, not having near the problems with diseases, etc.
- They fill in spots where things look bare, and do it quickly
- I can seed or plant pots of nursery grown seedlings
- Many are fragrant
- They can be old fashioned favorites or new to me and exciting to try out- without too much expense
- They fill the containers that I now use for most of my summer long color. So what if the border got weedy, or certain perennials died out in a drought or whatever? I have my pots of bright and cheery annuals to keep me happy until I can remedy those problems
So, you see? In my older years I am reverting to things I once found joy in, and annual flowers are a part of that rediscovery.
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