Back in May, we had the task of buying plants for our garden areas…
My husband’s method:
Goes to grocery store.
Says to self, “Oh, these look nice.”
Buys 3 of each for a total of 9 plants.
Brings them home.
Plants them in garden, wherever, or assigns me the task of planting them.
Total time for his method: 1 hour.
Stand outside looking at garden areas.
Make note of which areas get full sun, which have poor soil.
Shake head at growing weeds.
Go to garden center.
Look extensively at plants.
Check whether plants require full sun/partial shade, do well in poor soil, need acid soil, how long blooms last, if drought resistant.
Consider the color scheme permutations– purple and yellow plants together? white and red together? Does orange fit in somewhere? Be sure to include white.
Decide on which plants to buy.
Buy 9 of each kind for a total of 45 plants.
Bring them home.
Put them outside, and forget about them for a few days.
Spend about an hour deciding which kind of plant goes where.
Rethink the color scheme.
Finally decide to plant them on the one day when it is 85 degrees outside.
Total time for my method: 7 days.
He got me these plants for Mother’s Day - picked them up at the grocery store.
I asked what they were called, and he said, “I don’t know. I just thought they looked nice.” They didn’t have any labels on them at all. I took a guess and planted the spiky deep pink ones (on the right in the photo) in full sun areas. I guessed right – they are called celosia (sounds kind of like a disease) which I learned by buying more of them at a place that cares to label the plants. The red ones went in a shady area. I still have no idea what they are, and I feel stupid about that. I think the name starts with a ‘G’ – Geranium? Gardenia? Geronimo?