Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Miss Rose can cook too

One of the best things about moving here and starting a garden is that Rose can experiment with a garden, too. She's a funny, methodical girl and her plan is very nicely laid out in a binder with lists and dates, notes, and an organized map.

Rose picked out what she wanted based on looks and mostly based on our part sun environment. But, for all her planning, she doesn't mind giving something a shot just to see if it really won't work.

This is what she has going and what she's planning to add:

Marigold: Snowdrift

Seed from Burpee

Cream colored, 3.5" blooms, likes part shade (unusual for Marigolds)

Will direct sow after frost

22” tall, needs 9-12” spacing

Annual

Nasturtium: Jewel Mix

Seed from Burpee

Double flowers in orange, yellow, red (bush, not vine)

Will direct sow after frost

12” tall, needs 12” spacing

Annual

Sweet Pea: Knee-Hi Mix

Seed from Hart's Seeds

Mix of colors, fragrant (bush, not vine)

Likes cool weather and tolerates frost so we started outdoors March 28

29-30” tall, needs 6” spacing

Annual

Common Thyme

Seed from Burpee

Started indoors March 21, 7.5 weeks out (recommended 6-10)

6-12" tall, needs 12" spacing

Annual

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Seed from Burpee

Started indoors March 21, 7.5 weeks out (recommended 8-10)

18-24" tall, needs 12" spacing

Annual

Columbine: Harlequin Mix

Seed from Burpee

White, yellows, pinks, blues, purples, bicolors

Will direct sow spring to early summer

30-36” tall, needs 10” spacing

Perennial

Ice Plant: Harlequin Mix (Dorotheanthus)

Seed from Burpee

Succulent plants covered with bi-colored daisy-like flowers with red centers--this one, as Rose knows, is probably the biggest stretch for our part sun/part shade area, but she had the seeds and wanted to give it a shot. And why not, really?

Started indoors March 21, 7.5 weeks out (recommended 8-10)

2" tall, needs 6-12" spacing

Annual

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