I was just looking back at pictures of last year to see what was doing what where and it seems like we might be a hair behind schedule with some things. But dang, my roses look so much better this year. I told you all about my plan to line the front of the shed with hollyhocks? I’m throwing this year’s corn in there, too. We’ll see how it goes. But I figure that the hollyhocks aren’t going to do much but throw down roots this year and, next year, when they’re doing their thing, we’ll put corn some other place.
But I am still questioning whether hollyhocks are a biennial or a short lived perennial. Because if they really grow one year, bloom the next, and then die, don’t I want to plant hollyhocks where I have my hollyhocks this year so that I will have blooms next year (because the seeds they spit out this year presumably would grown next year and bloom the year after that)?
My new glads are doing something, but the other spiky thing I put in a sunny spot does not seem to be. I think it’s just too wet for it there. But the black-eyed susans Liz gave me seem to be taking off after some uncertainty after the flood.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is just loving this wet weather. Where once we had a kind of floppy young tree, it now is standing under its own weight. I’m still keeping it tied to the bamboo for the time being, just for some support, but I think it will be fine on its own soon.
I don’t know how the lily-of-the-valleys are doing. The one Liz gave me, like the black eyed susans, seems to be kind of getting its bearing after the flood, but the ones I planted don’t seem to be doing anything.
And I have yet to see any sign of the sunflowers. Well, I take that back. The biggest seeds have unearthed themselves. So… yeah, that’s probably not going to happen. Luckily, I’ve still got marigold seeds from my hero of gardening, so, if all else fails, I’m going to just try to plant a shit-ton of marigolds there. But I’m giving the sunflowers a few more days. I swear, the thought of reseeding that bed for a third time makes me want to drink.
I’m thinking about a major reworking of the irises. The truth is that those side beds along the driveway are just a mess. I’d like to get everything valuable out of them and just let it be a place that gets either mowed or converted to daylillies. Something, as I constantly say, that can just be mowed down in the fall.
Anyway, that’s what I like to think about–things that will happen with my yard.