grows 4-5' tall, and is great as a cut or dried flower. I have the perfect place for it and can't wait to try it out!
|Pelargonium Citronellum Mabel Grey|
And I plan on purchasing several plants of Geranium "Skeleton Rose" - to take advantage of its ability to repel mosquitoes!
I can't afford to buy all the plants I would like to, but now that my infrastruture is almost done, I will draw up this month a garden plan, and make a 5-yr plan on what to buy when.
There is so much to do in the next 8 weeks. Besides starting seeds (must get in my Territorial order!), I have beds to prepare! My wonderful helper Amanda just dug the hole for the last fruit tree I planned to order. and just in time! The Raintree Nursery catalog came in the mail today - and the tree I wanted was finally in there. Last year, they didn't have any three-tier Espalier trees that were different varieties - just all one variety. I was worried that I would have to look elsewhere. Then the catalog arrived, I flipped open to the apple section, and there it was - A 3-tier espalier with Liberty, Ashmead's Kernal, and Pristine. Although when I went to order it, it didn't have Pristine as the third apple, but instead Spartan - which is fine with me since it is from the McIntosh Family and I am a fan of those. So in a small space, I will have four different types of apples (not forgetting my crab apple) - which should be enough for fresh eating, pies, applesauce and jelly for our family. I can't wait till it comes. the hole is dug, fresh compost is settling in nicely, all against the fence that will eventually give it support.
|A slightly fuzzy example of espaliered trees|
|Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolial) in the summer|
My son Aaron, who is a garden designer for Stone Soup Gardens in Seattle (http://www.stonesoupgardens.com/our-story.html) is also a huge fan of Oregon Grape. I think they put it in a lot of the rain gardens they design.
My helper Amanda has made a good start on preparing our tools for spring. She has been sanding down the wooden handles and then coating them with paste wax - getting ready for another season. We still have to finish that project, sharpen the shovels, and put on another coat of rustoleum paint (I use bright red to find them easily in the yard).
So January continues, cold and foggy, but inside things are heating up with orders to nurseries and seed catalogs, time spent over the drafting board. I even had a chance to check out a you-tube video on thatching (I do have to roof my new tool shed). When you are a gardener, there is never any down time!