Let’s not talk about the driveway, and especially not about the ways in which the sewer work is complicating the driveway installation. Let’s just say that the new driveway should be done on Tuesday, and that until then there can be no planting in the Driveway Border.
However, I did get a fair amount of planting done this weekend. In fact, I bought a new tool to inaugurate the fall planting season: a Fiskar’s soil knife, also known as a hori hori. The sharp blade lets you cut easily through soil, roots, and crowns.
Plus it comes with a little scabbard you can attach to your belt, and when I slide the knife into the scabbard I feel like a character on Game of Thrones.
But anyhow, I started by planting 54 Alliums and 6 ‘Sunny Morning’ Martagon Lilies in the back garden. This is my second try with Martagon Lilies – the ones I planted last year were eaten by rabbits. This time I will surround with chicken wire as soon as they emerge. Also, I’m interplanting them with Allium stipatum ‘Mt. Everest’, which are unpalatable to rabbits.
All of the new Alliums for the back have white blooms. There’s also 25 each of A. karataviense and A. amplectens ‘Graceful Beauty’.
These were planted in the border along the alley fence and in front of the ‘Golden Raindrops’ crabapple.
In terms of perennials, I added patches of 5-7 each of the following: Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis), Royal Catchfly (Silene regia), Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) and Stiff Goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigidum). (Yes, Goldenrods are now Oligoneuron, not Solidago. Excuse me for a second.)
Where were we? Oh, yes. I was disappointed by the size of the Liatris corms, less than a quarter inch each in diameter.
The Goldenrod, Catchfly, and Blazingstar are all going into the Island Bed. To make way for all them I dug out a bunch of hardy Geraniums, Rudbeckia volunteers (R. triloba and R. fulgida), and a BIG clump of Palm Sedge (Carex muskingumensis) that was a lot of work to move.
The newcomers will stand in front of the New England Asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum).
My plan for next weekend is to plant the remaining bulbs: 200 Tulips and 200 Daffodils. These will go into the Driveway Border and the Parkway Bed.
Are you doing any planting this fall? Any new plants you’re excited about?