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Tuesday 28 October 2008 - Filed under Plants

I finally got most of my plant backlog in the ground last weekend. Some have temporary locations until I get more ground cleared, but it’s better than hiding pots in the shade where they’re unlikely to be spotted by the plant prowler. I’ve been tempting fate for weeks now with armloads of unplanted stuff, but I don’t think anything has gone missing, unlike past years.

I count this golden sweet bay as my first step toward my future herb garden, where I’ll actually be able to use things from the garden in the kitchen. This makes one thing in the garden I can use for cooking, but I’m not going to harvest any leaves until it is tall enough to be out of the dog’s reach. Since it has been tucked in the shade for a while, it greened up quite a bit, but I bought it for of the bright gold evergreen leaves. And because the plant tag called it unusual. I am a sucker for the word unusual.

Gold leafed sweet bay

It doesn’t look like much now, but I got a euphorbia, three kinnikinnicks and a transplanted acanthus over in a bare spot next to a path in the back by a new pennisetum. Hopefully next year this will look like more than a few scrawny leaves poking out of an expanse of soil. If all goes as planned, this should look good year round even after the surrounding cannas have died back for the winter.

Back yard

I planted another Kinnikinnick, this one more compact and shrubby than the other three above, in the space recently vacated by a sweet potato vine that had been well enjoyed by the slugs.


I was so excited about these new carex (carexes? carexi?) I got, but I’ve been wandering the garden looking for a place to shoehorn them in for weeks, I finally settled on this spot for now, right next to a path, that will probably be too small in the end. Carex secata (giant orange sedge) 4 – 5 feet, arching evergreen clumps, orange green in winter. Full sun to part shade in most soils, very drought tolerant. They’re planted behind the orangey leaves of the enkianthus campanulatus, which should spread 4-6 feet too, so that might be too close of a fit. It makes me so happy to have a large evergreen grass-like form, so I bought three thinking they would work just about anywhere, only to realize I don’t have any place to put something 4-5 feet wide, so these might get relocated in spring.


It may have been too late for the babys tears. They’re not supposed to turn black, are they? Now they’re in the ground, so either they make it or they don’t, but I did what I could.

Babys tears

I had pulled up Sedum rupestre ‘lemon coral sedum’ from the front yard, where it had gotten too leggy, and left it for dead in a wheelbarrow, where it made a nice comeback and started looking fuller and more worthwhile, so I relocated it in a spot where it hopefully gets enough sun to keep it from getting sad looking again.


That was everything I got in the back yard over the weekend. I keep telling myself NO MORE BUYING. Only 7 unplanted things to go, and then I QUIT until I clear out my weed patch and make some more room.

2008-10-28  »  megan

Talkback x 3

  1. Chris
    28 October 2008 @ 7:40 am

    I don’t have anything to add about “Sedum rupestre” (you’re shocked!) but I noticed that your site is slightly different. Am I right about that, or just seeing things?

  2. megan
    28 October 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    Chris – You’re right. Thanks to a careless “I wonder what this button does” moment during a boring meeting, I “upgraded” my version of WordPress without backing up my theme. Oops. This is my quick fix-up of default theme, but it’s not the final. It’s a little sterile looking. I was thinking about a redesign anyway, this just pushes me along.

  3. Karen
    28 October 2008 @ 1:37 pm

    Ha ha, you can quit anytime, sure, just anytime. We’ve all said those words before… congrats on finding homes for most everyone. I did the same this weekend with a few left over. Now the bulbs… Hope you like the bay laurel, I have one in a funny spot and always forget to use the leaves. There are some really yummy recipes for fresh bay leaves, they taste really different than dried.