Somewhere in the Spring Donna from FunkyJunkInteriors announced that we should all document our garden projects before and after because at the end of the season she would have a special linky party celebrating “Another season in the yard”.
I was all over that one. I had conjured up so many plans for my garden in the winter and I was going to do them all and have one awesome before and after post to link up at the party.
And then? Nothing. A big, fat nothing!
I forgot about the party, I kept postponing starting on those garden projects. The heat came and went, the rain came and went, the weather was too beautiful to work, the weather was too awful to work…..
Excuses, excuses, excuses…
My garden flourished without me, both flowers and weeds, and all my plans were shoved to the back of my mind.
And then last week Donna announced that this weekend would be the big garden party!
Oh No! I am not ready. Quick what can I do that is party worthy? How can I catch up? I want to play, let me play! I have nothing, shoot I really have nothing. Do something!
DO ANY THING!
I was desperately trying to find a way to rescue my garden plans, to make the time to start on at least one of those forgotten projects, to catch up, to make good for lost time, to find a way to redeem myself.
And then I realized it is pointless to try and catch up, you will only get farther behind. It is better to work ahead.
So I did….
I’m always too late to prepare my annual plants for next year, I typically have to buy new ones every year. Such a waste. But thanks to today’s 31 Days challenge to Get Things Done! I am on time. I cut little end pieces of my pink en red Pelargoniums (garden Geranium) and put them in soil.
You’ll help me remember that the ones with the yellow stakes are the red ones, won’t you.
To do this you just cut a little end piece, remove most of the leaves, stick it in loose soil, water, put on a tray, place them in a cool, light place, and water them regularly on the tray. That’s the theory, let’s see if it works.
While I was at it, I decided to plant my bulbs for a change too. I have a reputation for being unable to resist those packages of Spring bulbs that are at every checkout in every store about now, and then forget about them. I can not begin to tell you how often in the Summer I have found bags full of bulbs all dried out because a certain someone didn’t plant them in Fall.
Or the other way around like today, when I was looking for a tray and I found a bag full of Summer bulbs that had obviously not been planted in May. They still looked ok, so I’ll try and save them and try to remember to plant them next year (HELP!).
Anyway that is a big Amaryllis bulb up there. All planted and ready to go and hopefully it will bloom at Christmas.
The other bulbs I planted in containers, doubled up.
This is a basket with white narcissus. See all those pointy noses up in the air. I covered them with a layer of soil and then planted little white snowdrops on top of them.
Topped that with another thin layer of soil, watered and covered with some moss I had laying around. The moss makes it look nicer all through winter and will protect the soil from drying out.
Here are today’s three pots ready and waiting for Spring. I put pink tulips with purple grape hyacinths in the galvanized bucket and a fun mixture of purple bulbs in the blue pot.
I am so excited that I actually have done this for a change. Can’t wait for Spring to see if they will all bloom.
So cuttings and bulbs were done. Only one more thing to finally take care off for next year: my seed collection.
I can’t walk passed a lovely garden with blooms that are seeding without taking a handful home with me. I am forever picking seeds out of the lining of my jackets and out of the pockets in my pants.
And then when I’d come home I would put them wherever I could, in whatever I could find: a used envelope, a match box, a coffee filter, and stuff that in a drawer.
Needless to say not many of those seeds made it into the soil in my garden.
Well I kind of prepared that for next year too.
I went through the house and collected that whole hodgepodge of seed containers (and they were everywhere!) and put all the seeds in little bags. If and when I knew what seeds where in a bag I made a note of it. And sometimes I just wrote down: ‘pretty flowers from D’, because I didn’t have a clue anymore.
It will be fun to plant these next year and see what comes up….
This feels so good people.
Instead of frantically trying to catch up, I am now actually very well prepared for next year.
I am no longer behind, I am ahead of the game!
So what do you think? Would Donna allow me to link up next year’s garden plans