More Plants Arrive!
This time of spring is better than Christmas, Hannukah, and all the other holidays rolled into one. Just like during the holiday season, delivery vans periodically pull up to the house. What’s better is: 1) all the boxes are marked “Live Plants – Fragile”; and 2) it’s all for me!!!
Just in time for this past weekend I got the year’s first delivery from Prairie Nursery. All the plants but one were for the raised bed that runs along the driveway. Here’s what arrived:
Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). I only have three yellow coneflowers, not nearly enough. The new arrivals will help create more of a drift in the center of the bed. One reason I have to do this is I am digging out the purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), which have become too susceptible to aster yellows infections. I find the Ratibida to be more disease resistant.
Butterflyweed for Clay (Asclepias tuberosa var. Clay). Butterflyweed normally likes a dry, sandy soil, but Prairie Nursery has a variety that is adapted to clay soil. I find that it establishes itself in my garden more successfully than regular butterflyweed. I already have some butterflyweed growing along the west edge of the driveway bed, where it basks in the afternoon sun. The new plants I’m putting behind the Nepeta, to get that orange/blue complementary colors thing going.
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides). There is no rhyme or reason to my buying this plant. I just saw it and had to have it. Click the link and see if it speaks to you. According to the website, it is treasured for its lacy blue-green foliage and deep blue berries! How could I not buy it? Anyhow, I only bought one. This is a woodland plant, so I put it in the raised bed I have in the lightly shaded back garden.
While the prior week featured rain of almost Biblical proportions, but Sunday the raised beds were dry enough to do some planting. Fortunately, all of the above plants were destined for raised beds.
More orders are coming – from Prairie Nursery, from Bluestone Perennials, and maybe some others I’ve forgotten about.
Had any good plant deliveries lately?