It’s that time of February when everything is both brown and gray at the same time, at least here in what our local government insists on calling The Heartland. It’s finally spent a few days above brass underpants fresh from the freezer cold and I started seeing a few tiny green things trying to grow in my yard, so my winter mehs are starting to lift a little.
This LTP is for the gardener Persephoneers. I am not a good gardener, but I try hard and I have the best intentions. What’s charming and invigorating in May is a chore when it’s deep-fryer hot in July. Especially when I’m bravely and vainly challenging my July nemesis pair, milk thistle and Japanese beetles. (What the hell kind of mutant DNA is in thistle, anyway? It can grow four inches of ugly, stinky plant overnight. Scientists, you need to look into that shit.) In spite of my foes, each year I make a series of trips to my local nursery and get all the baby flowers, green stuff and cocoa shell mulch I can fit in my budget.
My favorites are pansies, roses, flowering tobacco, hollyhocks, dusty miller and daisies, which give me a nice mix from spring to fall. At least for the things that live through the summer. My soil is almost solid clay, although I’ve been adding gypsum, various aerators and good dirt for nearly ten years. During the heat of summer, especially in a drought like we’ve had in the past few years, the water just sits on top of the soil. Plus, as I mentioned, I’m lazy.
What about your gardens, readers? What plants do you love? Which ones do you avoid? Do you stick to flowers or have you tried an herb or veggie garden? Tell me all about your green thumbs in the comments. Hopefully I can learn something or at least live vicariously through you.