We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
First box arrived from Bluestone Perennials. Perfect timing to complete the installation of the new beds. Small plants now, but by June they will crowd out the weeds.
In case you're interested, here's what I am putting in them (much already done in the past 2 weeks):
Pink Knock-Out Roses Little Bunny Fountain Grass Dwarf Red Sedum Nepeta, tall blue and low white Creeping Phlox Boxwood Perennial Geranium Narcissus Scilla (Bluebell) Salvia Stella D'oro Daylily Giant Allium Asian Lily Aster Phlox Daisy Agastache Heliocanthus Red Salvia (Wild Thing) in defiance of Mrs. BD who believes that red is tacky in a garden.
Most of these good for Hummingbirds and butterflies. Many of them are transplants from places where they aren't thriving. If any annuals are needed, obviously I will add them in the Spring. Doubt I will need any, though. Well, for the first year I might need some.
Planning, preparing, and installing a new border is great fun but, like all gardening, it lacks immediate gratification unless you live south of the freezing line.
It takes 2 years for a perennial bed to begin to mature, 1 1/2 years if first planting is in the fall. If you plant in the fall, don't fertilize until Spring.
There's one patch about 25-feet up my hillside, part sun/part shade, lightly sprinkled because behind a tree, where I've been planting wide variety of stuff for ten years. All have died. So, I looked at Bluestone Perennials website (many criteria available) for something that will last. The site said nothing found. Hmmm. I can't keep telling the boys that's where a zombie is buried. Or, maybe I'll put in a plastic plant.
Off topic, but I was at the tree-hugger's meeting yesterday, and received the latest poop on the quarantine in Connecticut from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.
To prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, New Haven county and the State have rules about the transport of hardwood firewood, especially the ash varieties (Fraxinus). Yup, you can probably kiss the ash trees goodbye.
The Department of Motor Vehicles and other police agencies are receiving training now to recognize and intercept any vehicle transporting the prohibited items.
So far, the Asian Long-Horned Beetle hasn't been spotted here, but it's only a matter of time.
I had some links to share, but the spamtrap keeps me from posting them. Sorry.