I'm already off to a great start this year if I were being judged on the category of excessive plant purchasing! I have ordered 22 daylilies, large quantities of muscari, daffodils, narcissus, hyacinths, alliums, crocus, galanthus, hellebores, iris, chionodaxa, scilla, fall crocus, tulips etc... The season has just started and my eyes are already bulging! Every year I preach restraint but that flies out the window as soon as the co-ops get running and the pictures of all the lovelies are posted.
This year will be the year of the hellebore, fall bulb, iris, daylily, hosta, heuchera, all right, if your a plant you have a pretty good shot this year.
How am I supposed to avoid irises when I have iris catalogs laying all around my living room! I must have them. I'm hoping to order from Napa, Sutton's, Schreiner's, Mid-America, Iris Colorado, Snowpeak, and a few others. Good thing I'm working crazy overtime this summer. This one is Peace and Harmony. It's very large and fragrent. I love it.
I have to tell myself that these plants aren't going to just disappear! They will be around for years so I don't have to buy them all now. I'm not sure where that mentality and sense of urgency comes from. I guess my father is a bit compulsive when it comes to his hobbies. Okay, actually he is extremely compulsive. That settles it. I take after my father. I look like his side of the family and I shop like him.
I justify these purchases to myself by saying "these will multiply over the years so that when I am ready to start my business there will be plenty to sell." I think that's a pretty good piece of logic, right?
I'm doomed to a life of excessive and compulsive plant purchasing. It's not the most horrible of addictions but will cause controversy nonetheless.
Here are the plants that I acquired in 2006. I finally got them all planted last September. In total it was around 300 plants. Yes, the grass needed mowing,LOL.
This shot is my whole back yard. It's that tiny and yet I cram all I can back there. You can see that it is mostly irises but the back right is shady so that is where they shade lovers go.