So here’s how you build an ad hoc garden. First, accept any offers by anyone who is willing to give you a plant. Never mind what it is – just say yes. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know where to put it – just take what you have been given.
It started earlier this month when Sheila gave me a beautiful columbine and a blue flowering plant – I still have no idea what it is. The former, I planted up the hill and the latter I heeled in with the strawberries. Surprisingly, both seem to be doing well.
Today, I went to visit Koko in her garden. She was ready to divide some plants and told me to bring a box. We dug up irises, oriental poppies. lupins, coreopsis, columbines and lavender. I brought them home. As I mentioned, I have nowhere to put them. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a proper flower bed or two next year. So, I started digging beside the driveway where Simon put in a split-rail fence. That didn’t go to well until I began work with the pick-axe. Or, as Simon put it, extreme gardening.
So – I pick-axed my way down into the soil, hoed it up, poured in some topsoil and set the plants and watered them. I can only hope for the best.
My ad hoc veggie garden has consisted of putting seeds anywhere I think they will grow. That includes dill amongst the raspberries. So far so good – things are poking their way out of the soil. In other news, Simon is making amazing progress on the house and is currently installing the new hot water system in the RV. He keeps doing things he has no business knowing how to do. He never ceases to amaze me – and himself for all that.
Tomorrow – another hiking day. Idaho Peak. Yup – should be a good one. Depends, of course, on your definition of “good.”