Knowing that spring will give way to summer is very comforting to me, it also allows me to plan and make my garden, well, my garden. Every year there's a chance to make things better, try something new, and with a little planning now my summer nights will be even more fragrant and beautiful than they were last year.
|Please note: These vines really can get 15 feet tall.|
Plan ahead, have some place/space for them to grow.
This summer I want to have moonflowers. Two weeks ago I soaked a few seeds overnight in a cup of water, and the next day I planted the seeds around the garden.
I put little white stones around the seeds so I would remember not to weed anything growing between the stones (sometimes I get a bit zealous and start yanking out anything that looks 'out of place' to me).
|It's a good thing I marked the plants because when I looked |
at the seedlings Wednesday afternoon my first thought
was these are too ugly to be moonflowers.
In a few weeks these will be a beautiful shade of green and a little taller. The trick to moonflowers is to know that they will grow and to have a place for them to stretch out a bit. I'll keep you posted on these. I'm now waiting patiently for a warm summer night when I can stand and watch the flowers bloom. And the fragrance will be wonderful.
If you have time and you like a sweet read, try Jan Karon's book The Trellis and the Seed. It's a children's book, sort of, and you can probably read it in 10 minutes.
|Thanks Barnes and Noble|
This book will explain the life of the moonflower as it gently reminds you that you're never too old (or too young) to enjoy a thing of beauty.
Thursday Morning UPDATE: These plants are poisonous. So are daffodils. clematis, azaleas and lots of other beautiful things in our gardens. This is one of the many reasons I wear gloves when I work in my garden. Thanks for the reminder Robin.