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A Slow Start


So yesterday, my trusty companion Crystal and I went to a nursery and drooled over plants for a while. They were in gorgeous condition and 50% off, so who can blame me that I came home with several?!

I got a tree peony, which I know nothing about. I love peonies in general and the photo on the description of this one was very promising. It’s only about a foot high, but I hope it will grow a bit taller. Since I really don’t know how tall it’s going to grow (I should probably call the nursery and ask them) I’m having a hard time deciding where to plant it.

I also got a bag of Dutch Iris bulbs which will be red and purple, along with two bulbs for giant globe Alliums.

Plus, I got one Silver Mound, a plant I’ve been eyeing for a while, a couple of darling seapinks, and a whole flat of woolly thyme which I’ve already planted near my stone walkway in hopes of fuzzy creepers between the stones.

Now comes the hard part: figuring out what I actually want things to look like. I have this habit of doing tons of research about what grows in my area, what other people have done, what books and experts recommend…and then I just end up buying things on a whim because I’m indecisive when planning.

I know that since the exterior of my house is so, well…bleak, that I should try to get some large plants in there (trees or large shrubs) and then do the smaller interest and color around them, but I don’t seem to have impulsively bought large trees or shrubs so I’m currently dealing with what I did impulsively buy.

Wish me luck!

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Good luck! And welcome to GoY. Planting what you love is a good start, even if you decide to move it later. Winter is approaching & a great time to go to the library or bookstore to check out design books & make plans & lists. Putting a lot of leaves as mulch now in areas you're thinking about planting in the Spring makes preparing the beds easier. You've begun a lifetime passion, with just a little fuzzy silver thing that caught your eye!

23 Sep, 2009


Good Luck from me too !
I've given up planning. I just make it up as I go along. I found when I planned things they never worked out anyway. I hope you're able to get some larger plants for your garden soon.

23 Sep, 2009


Your tree peony will grow to anything up to 2 metres in height and a metre across. Needs acidic soil and light shade, is it the red or the yellow one? Unlike peonies the tree peony is not fully herbacious so even in the middle of winter you will have the bare stems, the seed pods look amazing and can be used as Christmas decorations.

23 Sep, 2009


Hi, and welcome from me, as well - we are all plantaholics on GOY - especially ME!!! So join the club! :-)))

23 Sep, 2009


Can't decide whether I'm a plantsman or a plantaholic :-)

23 Sep, 2009


Well if himself is Bulbaholic :-)

23 Sep, 2009


I certainly wish you well with it,and you have made a start just by buying something you like,have a browse on here and you will get lots of ideas,most of all enjoy yourself..........

23 Sep, 2009


You're definitely both, Andrew! lol.

23 Sep, 2009


Have a browse through goypaedia, noeticblues - loads of ideas on there.

23 Sep, 2009

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