The past two nights our temps were supposed to dip down to 31 degrees, which scared me just the teensiest bit.
Because I've been a naughty girl.
I've been planting.
Granted, I've been sticking to things that can take a bit of cold.
Just in case.
But still....I worry.
However, I don't think we quite hit 31...and in checking out all my plants, things are doing just fine! Thriving, even.
Looking ahead at the ten day forecast....drumroll, please....as of today there are no temps predicted that hover on that frost line.....yippee!!!!
That takes us into about the middle of May....and we'll be ready to plant for REAL this time!
It was time to place my order at Annie's Annuals. I've been drooling over their site and plants for far too long now - it was time to pull the trigger!
All the plants that I am trying out from Annie's are ones I've read about, either in my favorite gardening book or on Marie's blog, 66 Square Feet.
|Nicotiana on Marie's Harlem, NY Patio - July 2015|
I've wanted to try some of these for years, but I never seem to find them in my local garden center. So I had to turn to the world wide web for some help.
Enter...Annie's Annuals & Perennials. What an amazing selection they have - I'm drooling!
And just check out this gorgeous video of the cottage garden at Annie's - can I please just move right in there?
I selected a couple of plants she showed in the video - it was hard to limit it to just a few, that's for sure.
By the way....I did show some incredible restraint....I removed a bunch of plants from my cart before finally processing the order.
It truly pained me to do so. Sigh.
In the end, I chose a combination of perennials along with some annuals that will readily self-seed. I don't want anything that will be just a one hit wonder - it needs to come back again and again if I'm going to give it a place in my garden.
Oh, and one more thing....this is NOT a sponsored post, I'm just super excited to share my selections with all of you!
So, here's what will be coming my way in a few weeks' time - I can't wait!
|Petunia Axillaris “Wild White Petunia”|
Graceful of habit & PERENNIAL, we adore this original ancestor of modern Petunias. Introduced into cultivation in 1837, we’re lucky to get seed from the U.C. Botanical Garden in Berkeley, CA. Large, 2.5” across, pure white flowers bloom from Spring to Fall, forming a 2x2’ mound of blooms that tastefully twirls itself around taller neighbors up to 4’. Night scented of vanilla & licorice, it’s pollinated by those amazing hawkmoths.
|Nigella Damascena 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue'|
This is the darkest of the well-known "Love-in-a-Mist" - a must grow if you've never tried it. Easy to grow, it prefers poor, well-drained soil and little water. A tremendous asset when mixed in an informal or cottage garden and is naturally charming in a bouquet. Reseeds! Grows 1-2' tall.
|Tanacetum Parthenium Aureum “Golden Feverfew"|
Add “highlights”to your garden the quick & easy way! Pop in a few “Golden Feverfew” to create luminous lime green foliar contrast & texture. Trust me – it looks great! Nicely mounding to 14”x20”, plus you get little white daisies, or cut them off to just enjoy the limey-ness. MUCH better contraster than those lime-leaved Heucheras. Good soil is best. Deer resistant & drought tolerant. Self-sows.
|Nicotiana Alata Grandiflora “Flowering Tobacco”|
How sad for all those newbie gardeners out there – for they may never know that “Flowering Tobacco” used to grow to 3-5’ tall, was deliciously scented, attracted butterflies, bloomed forever and was not only perennial but always self-sowed for lots of free “volunteers.” If we’re not careful and save our seed, this delightful heirloom may someday soon disappear forever! A time honored partner to old-fashioned roses and a shady garden favorite, plant in part to bright shade in hotter inland areas. Rich soil for best performance. Deer resistant. Self-sows!
Can you say robust? This giant Brazilian, show-stopper blooms year around along the coast & will quickly & easily reach 5’– 6’ – 8’ tall, creating a cloud of sensational 1” blooms at least 3’ across. Each flower starts out white & ages to pale pink, then rose – with all colors appearing at the same time. Trust me, it’s awesome! Perennial in temperate zones, cutting it back encourages its divine purpose. Makes an attractive cut flower for mixed bouquets. Rich soil for best show & it self-sows, too! Very popular with hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
|Dianthus Carthusianorum “Clusterhead Pink”|
To a surprising 30” tall, rare & reliably perennial “Clusterhead Pink” blooms Spring to Fall with clusters of brilliant pink blooms bobbing atop strong, upright, leafless stems. I love the elevated blast of color & the cut flowers! Low, dense foliage mound to 12” across. Best on the edge of a bed, as all Dianthus love good drainage. Evergreen in milder zones.
We adore this fringey-petalled double pink Dianthus not only for its intense fragrance, but also for its exceptional longevity and reliability! EVERGREEN blue-green foliage forms a weed suppressing mat 10” high & wide – spreading over time. From late Spring thru Summer it becomes festooned with butterfly-attracting, maroon-centered blooms that are perfect for posies - the more you cut, the more you get! Lovely planted on the edge of a bed or a container. Provide good drainage and regular compost for a healthy, long-lived, floriferous plant.
|Scabiosa Caucasica ‘Fama Blue’ “Pincushion Flower”|
One of the Top 3 Best Perennials & the backbone of bloom in my gardens! An EASY & reliable “flower machine,” the luscious, violet-scented, HUGE blooms to 4” across are studded with white pins held atop sturdy stems to 3’ tall – Fab for cutting! Blooms late Spring to Summer or Fall with deadheading. Cut back to 2” tall in Winter. A mildew-free bee & butterfly magnet! Deer resistant!
So what do you think of my selections? I can't wait to see how they do in my mountain top garden!
What's on your planting list for the upcoming season?