Saturday, May 10, 2008

Annuals – What was I thinking?

Over the years I’ve added a lot of perennials to the garden. My plan was, as I added more perennials, I would need fewer annuals. That would save a lot of planting time and work in the spring.

Well, it hasn’t worked out that way. I have about 120 annuals to plant this year. I bought 57 plants at Hickory Grove Garden Center in Catasauqua including: Dusty Miller, Impatiens, Marigolds, Petunias, and Cosmos. The rest are cuttings from last years’ Coleus, Begonia, Fuchsia and Blood Leaf and probably a few others that I’ve forgotten.

And this isn’t the first year I’ve done this. Every winter I raise cuttings all over the house. Somehow the collection grows and grows. Every spring I labor planting all the annuals in the garden and in pots. They look great but (as I said last year) next year I’m not going to raise or buy so many annuals.


MeMeMe said...

we have that tendency to get carried away but- still you're inspiring me to learn to grow fr cuttings

Marie said...

Thanks Jeannie,

Coleus are especially easy to grow from cuttings. They are a bright spot in the garden. There are now varieties for shade and sun. A fellow gardener told me that any plant with a square stem will root easily.

Growing from cuttings also saves a lot of money.