A Day of Firsts
1) Our first visit to a greenhouse together as home owners (we actually visited two)
2) Kristen’s first time driving a golf cart
3) Our first time spending a whole day (plus) working in the yard.
We went to two local nurseries yesterday. The first one, Hawks in Wauwatosa, was nice enough, but it was farther away and didn’t have the selection I was looking for. The second one, Johnson’s in Menomonee Falls is actually quite nice - reminds me a bit of Gee Farms outside of Detroit - though a bit more expensive. We found out about this nursery via Angie’s List, and it also got rave reviews from out neighbor, Scott. In addition, he does the websites for this business (see that little Maelstrom logo in the lower right corner)
We spent a bit of cash there - Kristen got into the plant selection, and she learned why I am dangerous when let loose in one of those places. She didn’t balk at all though - cause she knows all this product will make our yard even better over time.
Here is the back view of the cart:
This is the list of things we bought:
1) Blue Ice Amsonia (I’ve never grown this before - it just looked neat)
2) Mini-star columbine
3) A nice chartreuse Coral Bells
4) Three Hosta: Sum & Substance, Guacamole, and Fire Island (Kristen picked out the last two)
5) Hydrangea - a beautiful blue one - hope the soil pH is such that it stays this color
6) Some ground cover: brass buttons, pachysandra, wooly thyme, and periwinkle
7) a couple of ferms: cinnamon and ostrich
8) a couple of lilac bushes: Meyeri and Red Pixie
9) a “Samurai” Toad Lily (this was my selection)
10) and some “Volcano” Red Phlox - to complement our blue/purple salvia
Some of these things I’ve grown before and some are new. For those that I’ve grown before - many did quite well - but some not so much (fern, toad lily, etc.) I’m hoping they do better in the shade garden we have - it should provide a much more appropriate home for many of these items.
So after we got these items back to the house, we ate a quick lunch and then started planning where items should go (a very fun part of the experience) - but before we started planting, we did some prep work. I did some serious weeding and Kristen did some pruning of the rose bushes. They were in desperate need of some dead-heading. We both lost track of time as commonly happens to those in the garden, and we only got a few things planted before it got dark. So we spent a good portion of today planting as well. We’re still not done.
But the most gratifying part for me was that, not only does my wife humor one of my passions, she may actually be ‘catching the bug’. She admitted to me that during the time when she was concentrating on the rose bushes, she didn’t think about her work tasks or any of the hundred other things she usually has on her mind (I’m sure you can all relate.) She simply existed in the moment. This is exactly why I generally describe gardening as meditative.
As exhausted as we are - its’ been a good couple of days.