My fingers are itching to get dirty out there. Pretty soon it’ll be time to prune and clean up, but I’m focused on the fun part. It’s time to place orders for spring planting. Last year, I converted what we had affectionately termed the jungle in the back of our yard into a gravel patio, with surrounding pollinator and cutting garden. There was so much rock in the center of the ground, it rather limited our options, but I am so pleased with how it turned out.
The first day we saw the house, almost two years ago:
Clearing and leveling the jungle:
Almost there… and enjoying the new patio!
Now I need more plants! I am not tearing out all my lovely hydrangeas, peonies and knockout roses, but I’m trying to ensure nearly all new additions to the gardens are native. Natives are so good for the environment, and I’m hoping to attract all kinds of wildlife to our little plot in the suburbs. I have some ironweed, coneflowers, rudbeckia, anemones and sedum. I am looking to add:
- Rose Milkweed
- Butterfly Weed
- Blue Wild Indigo
- Foxglove Beardtongue
- Button Blazing Star
- Purple Giant Hyssop
I’m ordering from Prairie Moon Nursery, which has an enormous selection of natives, that you can get as seed, bareroot or potted plants.
I may also get some at the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, where I am a member.
In the meantime, visiting the forsythia regularly to look for buds. Come on, spring!