A "Few" New Plants
I may have gone a little hog wild at the nursery Wednesday! I had a list, and meant to prioritize with 3 or 4 or no more than 5 things, but I ended up with most everything on the list, plus some, 10 in total!
* 2 dwarf geum "Fire Storm" - Every Six on Saturday I see post after post of geum, and have been meaning to get one for a long time. Two are even better than one!
* "Sunset Snappy" blanketflower - A compact variety for the front yard. They are easy to grow from seed, blooming the second year, but I wanted something big enough to hold its own against the neighborhood cats that use the front yard as a litter box. I'm working on filling in the empty soil areas with perennials.
* perennial bachelor buttons "Amethyst Dream" - Some of these were in bloom and they are so beautiful! This one had a seed head I removed to try to propagate more, and now I forget where I put it down.
* "Powwow Wild Berry" coneflower - I do have one in the backyard, a small one I bought last fall bare root, but really, for the price I paid for mail order I could have gotten one in a gallon container.
* "Little Lemon" goldenrod - I planted it in the far back bed, the one near the chain link fence, protected from Mickey by a wire "cage."
* yellow-eyed grass - A native I've tried unsuccessfully to grow from seed. I have blue-eyed grass (really an iris relative) and love it. Although they like it moister than the other plants in the bed, so I have to water them more often. All the little green shoots that look like weeds are probably baby yellow-eyed grass. When happy they freely self-seed. Right now they look like fairy garden bearded iris!
* purple sage - I have trouble keeping the special color sages alive for longer than a few years. Purple, golden, or tri-color, they just don't like my care. So, we'll see what I can do for this one! It's planted in the herb garden.
* mountain sandwort - Don't ask, I don't even know what it is! There were a bunch of 4" pots of a pretty little plant, and the description of the flowers and its growth pattern sounded nice!
Yeah, I went WAY over budget. But, I think of it this way. Perennials are investments. I hate paying for annuals, but I don't mind spending $9 for a daylily that will be around for years. Plus, some of these will require division and then I'll have more of them for free!