This weekend on Saturday night at precisely 2:00 am begins our Daylight Saving Time, initially proposed as a way to save electricity used by incandescent lighting (it did not) , it’s new purpose is to provide us more daylight in the evening after we presumably get out of work and are looking to frolic outdoors. Although it means an hour of lost sleep to us in Spring (I don’t know about you but every few years I miss something because I forgot about the time change) , it is a lift to the spirit to have it light out at 6:00 pm and does help me get over my tendency to hibernate in the cold dark months of winter. Love it or hate it, it is also the signal to get going on plans for the garden, and that is exactly what I have been up to.
I am planning a complete overhaul of the side yard including the addition of three white pyramid tutuers I ordered from White Flower Farm, planted with several new clematis hybrids and climbing roses. Pouring over rose catalogues and the clematis offerings of my favorite online nursery sources was one of the joys of winter and I have settled on two clematis ‘I am lady J’ ( in honor of my gram who was Jane)and ‘Wildfire’ and two roses, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ and climbing’Iceberg’. there will also be a hydrangea tree h.paniculata ’Quickfire’ I am transplanting from elsewhere in the garden, some little bluestem grasses along with the 5 different spirea cultivars that are currently in the area that will be rearranged . The planning has been a wonderful respite from the gloom of February, but now I am sort of dreading the execution which will involve bringing in new soil , lots of digging and I am sure a few frustrating moments when the garden fails to meet the glorified pink purple and white plan in my head.
I have also been ordering a number of plants I saw on garden tours over the summer that I fell in love with including hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ and a knautia called’ Thunder and Lightening’ . I will stop the list there lest Wil actually reads the post through , does the math , and cancels the credit card I use for online ordering. Shhh. I am trusting you not to tell.
As always I am following my own advice and have stocked up on seeds of interesting annual vines for late season display ( morning glories, moonflower, cup and saucer vine, sweet peas, cypress vines, asarina species, nasturtiums and thunbergia alata …. I adore this one and I have many packets of seeds I saved from last year’s hyacinth bean vines, bottle gourds, pretzel beans etc. You should get on this same task if you haven’t already. Make sure you add sweet pea lathyrus odoratus’Cupani’ to your orders/plans , it is a strong bloomer, divine in color and scent, and heat tolerant. Happy Shopping!!!