It’s here! It’s here! Tomorrow is the first day of spring 2015 and I’m so excited I can’t stand it! Yesterday I received my order from Longfield Gardens that contains 50 strawberry plants for a special installation surrounding a gazing ball that I picked up from a local friend a couple of weeks ago.
The order also has some ornamental plants that may surprise folks who have been following me for a long time, as I have historically been almost exclusively edible-centric in my plantings. Even though my new garden design is going to be focused on permaculture principles, I wanted to add plenty of color, interest, and diversity to the space, and the gorgeous hostas and cannas will be just the ticket. Here’s what the order contained:
- “All Star” Strawberry
- “Bressingham Blue” Large Leaf Hosta
- “Fragrant Bouquet” Large Leaf Hosta
- “Pretoria” Canna
- “Australia” Canna
As you can see from the photo above, these plants are shipped bare root, sealed in plastic bags. I have inspected every plant in every bag, and I can say without hesitation that the plant health and quality is top shelf.
I arranged my schedule so that I can spend the majority of 3/20/15 – The First Day of Spring – in the garden as it should be. The cultivator will be breaking the ground, plants will be introduced to their new home, and there will be much dirt under my fingernails when the day is done. I do all of this knowing full well the distinct probability of another frost in the new 2-3 weeks, but I have everything in place to protect my new babies should it become necessary. Until then, it’s time to spring ahead.
Are you planting anything new this year? Leave a comment and tell me about it!