We just had a spectacular Memorial Day weekend. The family was down for a long weekend and the weather got better every day. The sunshine and the rain gave a boost to all the flowers that we’ve been growing. There was a lot of time spent out of doors. In between gardening activities we played baseball and picked strawberries.
My granddaughter and youngest son completely weeded and mulched the blueberries.
And while that was happening my eldest and I put up the trough which they had gifted me for Christmas. I had picked it out at Oliver’s three weeks ago.
For a planting mix we used equal parts of Miracle gro, chicken grit, topsoil, and sand. I hope the plants recognize the care that went into this decision.
The fun part comes when you start to lay out the candidate plants (which I had been storing up for months).
Here is a completely annotated version of the trough.
It will be interesting to see how many of these alpines survive our sometime brutal summer.
I got so enthused with this process that after the kids left I planted a second, smaller trough that I had brought back from Stonecrop this year.
And here’s the annotated version of this trough which sits just outside our backdoor for daily inspection.
Well, this gives some idea of what I’ve been up to but I need to share a few special flowers as well.
And last but not least a wonderful Arisaema.