I’m so glad that it’s finally Spring again. Last year I replanted all my flowerbeds with mostly transplants from my mom’s house. My goal is to have resilient plants that look nice, low maintenance, and come back every year. Since it took last year for them to get established and find out if they could survive the move, I was very unsure about how many would come back this year. The jury is still out on several of them, but there’s good news for most!
Someone told my mom that if you transplant Wild Iris they won’t bloom for seven years. Her’s bloomed the next year, and so did mine! They grow much taller and thicker on the morning sun side of the house. Those that I planted in the hottest part of my yard are half as tall but pretty nonetheless.
I love Dianthus’. They’re pretty and so easy to take care of. Just don’t ever fertilize them! They will die. Mine survived the winter in every bed I planted them in. They shrunk up to little nubs during the winter, but they’ve come back thick and beautiful. They look great for low plants in the front of the beds and look great next to all the tulips I planted everywhere for my wife.
Last year I planted about six Hosta’s in the shadier beds that I have. They’re so pretty and come in so many different varieties. They did so great all year but completely died in the winter. I was wondering if they’d come back in the Spring, and I was so surprised this morning to find the first one popping through the ground! They like shade and a little water but are as self-sufficient as my cat.
I’ve never had any luck planting an herb garden from seeds. I’ve tried and failed twice. I found herb plants last week and already they’ve doubled in size. I think they might make it. I’ve got them in a big pot in a semi-sunny area of my yard. There’s a Mandeville in the middle of those by the way. The jury is still out whether it’ll come back up. If it doesn’t I’m going to replant Jasmine instead. If the herbs do well and keep getting bigger, I’ll transplant them each to their own pot. In case you’re wondering it’s Thyme, Sweet Basil, and Oregano. Spaghetti anyone?