A Split and a Stack, OH and Scotland
|'Winky Purple-White' Columbine|
|'Winky Purple-White' Columbine|
I am adding columbine to the allium border to help cover up the naked legs and floppy leaves of said alliums. (Curious about the alliums? Read about the whole planting scheme HERE!) I also plan to add in the nicely foliaged nepeta and some sedum splits to help with the naked issue. In later years, perhaps some David Austin roses and peonies will be added to this space. One can dream, right?
When I get these root bound plants, I tend to split them straight down the sides. I first cut gently into the root ball with a trowel or soil knife and then use my hands to gently pry the sections apart. This method breaks up the roots going in circles around the edges of the pot AND (bonus!) will sometimes result in two plants from one container, doubling your plant value. Once planted, those roots can grow OUT into the soil instead of continuing in circles around the root ball.
If you are a gardener like me, this time of year is both exhilarating and slightly infuriating. Spring is basically here, and on some days it seems perhaps summer would like to make an appearance, while on others snow still seems to threaten. This is NOT THE TIME FOR PLANTING TOMATOES. ...and yet, I want to.
I should be moving more carts of chicken bedding to the compost pile, weeding while the weeds are young and starting to divide those clumps of daffodils that have gotten so dense they barely bloom anymore. It seems those chores have become chores and ALL I WANT TO DO IS PLANT TOMATOES. I resist however, and instead make plans and read books when I cannot stomach the thought of another load of manure.
This is actually the fourth book in a series by Whitman on cold climate gardening. The others have focused on roses, perennials and small shrubs and trees. THIS book is focused on vegetables, berries and herbs (you know the stuff I WANT TO PLANT RIGHT NOW but probably shouldn't quuuuiiiite yet.)
On the stack is also a sweet children's book called The Children's Garden by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by Pierr Morgan. Illustrated with colorful paintings, this charming picture book features a diverse group of children connecting to food through hands-on outdoor activity. This is a fantastic book to read to school children before planting a school garden or just to get them excited about good food!
For example -- The Horizon to calm, straighten, clear a racing brain or A Wave to deal with difficult people and interactions. Yes, it sounds hokey at first, but I am enjoying reading a bit more deeply into the practice of meditation and considering how yoga and meditation can coexist with a Christian worldview. I have been practicing yoga for several years now, but have recently experimented with "hot" yoga (vinyasa), Iyengar and power yoga. I just bought a Groupon for Bikram Yoga (SCARY!) and am super curious about aerial yoga as well. I like the challenge of a mind/body exercise that is accessible from childhood through old age and find the calming (and sweaty!) pratice of vinyasa invigorating.
More to come on our trip last year to Scotland, but let me just say Glencoe is the sort
of place you think exists only in movies, but THEN THERE YOU ARE and it is breathtaking.
It has been 6 months since we went to Scotland, and I still haven't quite found the words to do it justice.
Let me just say that like Claire, WE ARE GOING BACK.