So, after yesterday’s exuberant shopping binge at Sunrise Greenhouse, I have a lot of plants to plant! The temptation is to just start bunging them all in, but there are a few good steps to take first:
a) check the weather and see if it’s going to be a good day for planting. Today, it’s a little chilly, but sunny, so that should be pleasant for exertion. More importantly, it’s supposed to rain overnight, so that’s going to save me a lot of time that I’d otherwise have to spend with the hose, watering them in well. Woot! So it’s a great day to plant, and I’m going to clear some time in my schedule for that. Tomorrow I can do the computer work, while gazing out the window at the fruits of my labors. (If it somehow doesn’t rain, I might be out at 11 p.m. with my headlamp and hose, but it says 100% chance of rain, so I think I should be okay.)
b) move them around to where they go, trying to keep in mind sun/shade requirements, because if I don’t, they’ll never thrive there. I’ve a shady little area where I’m hoping to put a pond in a pot — I’ve got some heucheras and tropicals for there. I’ve got a shady hosta stretch where I’m trying to get the effect of mixed hostas overlapping, so three more added to that — and yes, I mostly picked “Vulcan” because of its name, sneaky plant namers know me too well. Rose impatiens for a full shade planter, begonias for a full shade planter in an area I water less often (begonias can take that, whereas the impatiens need more regular water). Etc. and so on.
c) As I’m placing them, look at what’s there already, see if there are any changes I want to make. If I’m digging already, it’s a good time to shift things. I already pulled out one dead plant that didn’t make it over the winter, alas. Right next to it is a rose that’s struggling — I was pushing it with the placement, and it’s just a little too shady for happiness. I’ll pull it forward in to the sun, and if I lose a little more grass, oh well. Now that they’re older, the kids can always go to the park to play soccer.
Sometimes I leave things in their pots for a few days, giving myself lots of time to consider, move things around, etc. But given the incoming rain, plus a fairly cool night where the plants will be happier in the ground than in pots, it’s probably better if I get these planted today.
I’d already thought through what I wanted before going to the garden store this time, so there are very few surprise plants in the mix. Two daylilies leapt into my cart unexpectedly, and I’m going to waffle about where they go for a while, but the rest are pretty set. I’m just going to let the day warm up a little bit more, do a little computer work, and then this afternoon, ALL the planting.