Name My New Border!
All my beds and borders have names, though most are rather pedestrian. There’s the Sidewalk Border, the Driveway Border, the Patio Border, etc. The most evocative name I’ve come up with is the Left Bank Border, for the area north of the ‘Donald Wyman’ crabapple on the far side of the driveway.
Now I have dug a new border (or would you call it a bed?) on the parkway across the sidewalk along the Left Bank. What to call it? I’ve considered calling it the Maginot Line, thus maintaining a Gallic theme, but that sounds too martial.
So I am turning to my readers to come up with a name via a contest. The judges (specifically Judy and I) will pick from among the suggestions offered in the comments. The winner gets the thanks of a grateful nation.
I finished the planting today. The bulk of the plants were from Prairie Nursery, and arrived a couple of days ago. I’m afraid I crammed too many plants into the available space, which is my normal practice. As my grandmother Tessie would say when people were coming for dinner, “Better too much than too little!”
So here’s the plant list:
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum). I’m using this to edge both sides of the sidewalk.
Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum).
Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis).
Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata).
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius). Just one of these, to provide a splash of blue in autumn.
Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia).
Praire Dropseed (Sporobulus heterolepis).
Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata). These are hard to find. They arrived bare root from Prairie Moon about two weeks ago. I planted them right away but I’m still waiting for them to show themselves. I was really impressed when I saw them growing in Pat Hill‘s garden.
Most of these plants are repeated on both sides of the sidewalk. In addition, there are two plants I received as an unexpected gift from the kind people as Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm, one each of ‘Priceless Gold Strike’ Daylily, and Helenium autumnale ‘Short’n’Sassy’.
So taking this plant list or anything else you like as inspiration, what do you think I should name my new border?