Fall planting has begun. After a rainy September, October is promising to be mostly dry, so watering the seedlings will loom large. So far, I’ve scattered seeds of Nigella ‘Damacena Oxford Blue’ and ‘Black Ball’ cornflower, both a few years old so we’ll see if they do anything. In the raised bed, some ‘Red Planet’ radishes and ‘Crispy Winter Greens’ from Renee’s Garden. The rest of the space reserved for tulips.
Crownsville Nursery lured me in with a hosta sale, and I bought five. Of course, by the time they arrived I’d forgotten where I planned to put them, so I had to make it up. Three ‘Gold Standard’ went in front of the yews by the front steps. (Note that the hosta images are from the Missouri Botanical Garden, so they are realistic rather than perfect.) This little garden is so neglected, and it’s right up front so I need to step it up. I’m also planting some ‘tête-à-tête’ daffodils here, to continue the theme under the maple tree and in the other front garden. Then perhaps some tiarellas to have some interesting foliage. And maybe some Japanese anemones??
The ‘Big Daddy’ hosta went at the edge of the oak tree garden, where it will be visible.
It’s said to get up to 71″ wide, so it should have room to stretch out. Finally, the ‘Krossa Regal,’ which has a more upright habit, replaces one of the ordinary hostas in the narrow bed in front of the shed.
I have only one, so it won’t make this display, but you see how upright it is.
The first bulb order arrives tomorrow, so I will be hard at work getting everything in before leaving for SPAIN.