When I moved, about four years ago, I dug up lots of my favourite treasures (all plants, of course), and planted them in two newly-created ‘amoeba beds’ at our farm in Langley, B.C.
We dumped truckloads of composted turkey and mushroom manure in two shady areas, and smeared it out into two raised ‘gardens’ to stash plants in. A bit of thought went into where clumps were planted, and I split lots of things up.
Now I marvel at the vigour and overall happiness all my old little cuties display! The rich, organic pie they sit on seems to suit everything ! I am also amazed that I don’t seem to have a deer problem. Touch wood.
The green-flowered primrose ‘Francisca’ flowers for months on end. This plant came from the nearby garden of Francisca Darts, who found it in the garbage in Portland, Oregon. A civic planting crew let her have it, back in the 1960′s. Her amazing, huge garden is now a public park called ‘Dart’s Hill’ .
I have always loved Anemone nemerosa in all its forms. Here, the soft blue form ‘Allenii’ shoulders-up to a purply Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’ . This form of Corydalis flexuosa doesn’t die ! It is fantastic – spreading politely and blooming from January onwards. Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ is rapidly increasing . I love its soft yellow, recurved, lily-like flowers. I discovered that these ‘Dog Tooth Violets’ sink their bulbs down very deeply. It must be to hide from devouring munchers in the wild. They are about a foot deeper than when I planted them ! Another plant family I love, and couldn’t leave behind at my old garden is the Solomon’s Seal tribe, the Polygonatums. There are about ten different ones in my beds. These tasteful shade-lovers can do no wrong. I have plain green, variegated, purple, striped, crested and golden forms ! I have one with ORANGE flowers that I got at (the sadly missed )Heronswood Nursery years ago. It was a 2″ seedling, now a 6′ plant ! They all ’make’ a flower arrangement when used in a natural, gardeny way.
I do battle weeds. I drown in weeds. The wind brings them by the million, plus they reproduce quickly. It takes two days to ‘laser’ one of these beds and get them weed-free. A month later it looks like a Chia Pet again.
It is a small price to pay for all this beauty. And that price is exactly the price of a new box of ROBAX ‘Platinum’ !