Planning Annual Alley
Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 22
It’s the time of year when gardeners get itchy. This is exacerbated in 2012 by the unusually mild winter we’ve experienced…everyone in the Northeast is already thinking spring. Let’s face it: sometime in mid-February what plant people call “winter interest” is no longer interesting. The landscape is brown and tattered and nothing would please us more than to move right from Valentine’s day to spring cleanup.
Unless you’re living in Georgia, or somewhere equally southern and warm, this isn’t likely so we have to settle for the next best thing. Gardeners make do with planning and advance plant buying and I’m doing both. Today I began to plan what I’m going to put in Annual Alley this summer. Last year it was blue, purple and white in honor of Jesse and Maya’s wedding. This year I’m leaning toward oranges and yellows, with dashes of blue and pink.
I have a hard time imagining this bed without ‘Blue Horizon’ Ageratum, so that’s pretty much a given. This year I also plan to go very heavy on the vining Nasturtiums and signet marigolds. Perhaps some of the low orange Cosmos as well…
Passionate travelers often say that planning the trip is as much fun as the travel itself. Cooks and foodies frequently enjoy reading recipes or menus as much as eating the actual meal. And I think that most gardeners would probably agree. Screw winter interest…let’s plan for spring.