What a great weekend for gardening! A beautiful day Friday for plant shopping, a little rain on Saturday to make weeding easy, and a gorgeous Sunday for planting. Plus the annual plant sale held by the Virginia Tech Horticultural Club. What more can a gardener ask for?
Our garden is getting an addition of 6 new raised beds, built by my husband – thank you honey!
There’s six of them, all about 3-1/2′ x 6′. Lots of additional planting space to fill!
We installed the irrigation yesterday and added compost, so they are ready to plant. They’re located where our pumpkin patch used to be, so one, at least, will still be filled with pumpkins. The vines will be able to snake out of the box and through our adjacent asparagus patch.
I hit Crow’s Nest in Blacksburg Friday and picked up some annuals. Everything looks so beautiful, it’s always hard to keep purchases to some reasonable level, but I rationalize what I buy by telling myself I’m supporting a local business.
I can’t go there without at least one impulse purchase and this time it was an osteospermum called Melon Symphony. Pale peach flowers with a purple center. I’m thinking we may need more of those….
I also bought a great chocolate mint, a pineapple mint and a citron scented thyme. Herbs have become my favorite plants for adding to the pots around our patio, because they provide great insect control. Although they smell wonderful to me, apparently they don’t smell so wonderful to the bugs!