Sunday, February 5, 2012

Best Laid Plans



(Double Pink Knockout rose bush)

I had big gardening plans this weekend.

I scurried around to some of my favorite places looking at plants,



believe it or not,

in Zone 9 where I live, it is planting season.


I found 6 white plumbago plants

that I scooped up because they are so hard to find.

I am working on a perennial border of white plumbago around the backyard .

Some day , if I have a granddaughter,

I look forward to saying,

“Let’s go outside and pick plumbago blooms and wear them as earrings.”

That makes me laugh thinking about it.

I think I am going to wear them anyway when my grandsons visit,

just so I can see their eyes get big.

That makes me laugh thinking about it too.


I bought a mint plant, so I can have

fresh mint for my iced tea,

and I bought this.


In Spanish it is called Corona de Cristo-

Christ’s Crown.


But sometimes nature has other plans.


It turned rainy and cold this weekend.

That’s OK.

My 60 caladium bulbs, which I am late in planting,

and my million packets of zinnia seeds will have to wait just a bit longer.

I also need to plant my tomato plants.

The county extension agent in our county said he

always plants tomatoes on Valentine’s Day.

That doesn’t sound very romantic…


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Deb said...

it is cold in my part of Texas...we are waiting to plant our garden a little later this year...just in case we do get a winter...

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Well, at least tomatoes are usually red. Odd to think of them on Valentine's Day though.
Pretty plants!

Dixie said...

Laura... I've got those same plans.. but it's been too wet for Ricky to get out and till the garden... Haven't had that problem in a couple of years!

I hope our rain continues through the spring... with just enough sunshine to let the flowers and vegetables grow...

Happy wet Sunday! Dixie

NanaDiana said...

I am so jealous that you are in your planting season. We cannot plant outside until after Memorial Day because of danger of frost. UGH- Love the plants you have picked out-xo Diana

Jocelyn said...

Wow white plumbagos!! I have the blue ones, but never have seen the white.

Jocelyn @

Olive said...

It is nearly 80 degrees here and we have been cutting back butterfly bushes and wacking down enormous lantana specimens. I am officially tired and the season has just started. If I planted nothing Laura I would have plenty to do. You know that will not happen.

Nancy's Notes said...

Those are some great plants there Missy! Sorry the weather did not cooperate, today is knitting weather! Laura, let me know how your mint grows, I love mint in my iced tea! Oh how I love planting season and you've got some great plants, with your green thumb, they will be beautiful!


Patty Marker said...

Pretty plants and I used to feel that way about fuschia plants...they always reminded me of earrings. I was able to clean up the winter vegetable bed today and put in a few new strawberry plants. The lettuce and radish seeds will go in later this week. Let the fun begin!

Sarah said...

I need to prune my knockout roses, but they are in full bloom. Not sure what to do this year. I usually prune them back to two feet every Valentine's are close to. With the warm weather and our recent rains things are into spring mode. Love the idea of white plumbago. We have the blue. ~ sarah

Blondie's Journal said...

Hurray for you! I'd love to be planting now, before the craziness of summer comes, but that's the way it's done here in Zone 5!!

Love what you have bought, the thorns scare me!


Chris said...

Hi Laura, well, we still have another 3 plus months before we can start planting anything here in Canada. Even though we have had a reasonably mild winter so far, who can say what the next couple of months will bring. Lucky you that you can get outside and enjoy the feel of earth between your fingers. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Bliss said...

It's just so funny for me to hear that people are planting when it's frozen here. However I hear all the sexy men plant tomato plants on Valentines Day.


trash talk said...

Ahhh, but if you think of them by their other name, love apples, then why not on Valentine. Think of if as another way to get a little dirty together. Oops...did I just say that aloud? I meant to say another way to show how much you "dig" each other.

Made In The South said...

I know how you feel, our plans this weekend did not go as planned.
Our big freezer went out and we were scrambling to find another one.
We did get a chance yesterday to get in the yard and prune back the rose bushes.
You did get some great finds for your yard. I hope you can get them planted this week. Glad to see your mint, that reminds me that I need to pick me up some next time I'm at Lowes.

Pondside said...

There'll be no planting here for some months yet - so it's lovely to lurk about the fringes of your garden!

Linda said...

Wonderful items to plant :) No planting goes on here in Illinois until at least the end of April. The ones who follow the rules wait until Mother's Day, but I never do. I always plant at the end of April, and always have good fortune in my garden.


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