It turns out that wet compost is heavy. It also turns out, that if you shovel wet compost into a wheelbarrow until it is heaping full, it creates the perfect lever for wrenching your lower back into a crippling state for two weeks. So for anyone else that’s worrying about a pile of compost in the street, my advice in hindsight is to let it dry out before moving it, no matter how many times the neighbors drive through it. And dry weather is in sight – this weekend we’re actually supposed to see sun and mid 80s temperatures for the first time.
I haven’t been out in the garden for a while, so all I can do is ogle the pictures from my last nursery visit, before the big back blowout. Good thing I spotted some good garden eye candy last time I shopped the aisles at Garden Fever. If I were able to bend over to plant them, I’d be all over this stuff.
Echium x wildprettii ‘Rocket’ – check out the description on the plant tag. Pure poetry.
The king of biennials, Echium (Eek-ee-um) begins as an incredibly large rosette (30" across) of furry pointed leaves and eventually forms a woody trunk several feet tall (resembles a palm tree at this point). In its second year the rosette elongates and a spike up to 14′ is unfurled. Blue flowers that change to pink swirl from the base to the tip as they bloom. Full sun, good drainage, average water. Reseeds prolifically. Mulch the base.
Zone 8b (15 to 20 degrees F) (Xera plants)
Dudleya cymosa (canyon live-forever) – the tag impresses upon the reader many times that this plant likes dry, dry, dry conditions, hard to do around here lately, but if you could keep it in a container out of the rain, it could be done.
Happy gardening. I hope to join in the fun again shortly.
2010-06-09 » megan