Such delicate leaves and interesting shapes. A blogger called one of the plants I bought an “iddy biddy ferny thingie,” which gives you the idea of the kinds of things that have made my heart go pittery pattery this spring.
I first got interested in what I could grow in my new space when the Friends of Trees folks hung a flyer on my door not long after I moved in. The tree they planted pretty much looked like a stick at that point, with instructions about how to take care of it.
Magically, this spring, the stick trees leafed out, the Greek oregano (that had looked so shriveled and ugly the year before) turned into a luscious bush, and the seeds that the sunflowers had flung into the ground popped up as baby sunflowers. I started simply by spreading the seedlings out a bit so they could have some room to grow and not be all smooshed together. By now, though, they need even MORE room. I’ve transplanted some of them into other parts of the yard that I thought I’d be ignoring for several years.
Have I mentioned that I’m in love with the way plants in Portland come CHARGING back in the spring? I’m planting mostly things that spread and will cover the ground with beauty without being babied or coaxed along to do so. Now I can’t wait for them to spread.
When I was working on the Lanie books, the concept of local plants supporting local insects supporting local birds got planted in my brain. So the first plant I bought this spring was a local stonecrop.
Recently, I got another local plant called kinnikinnick.
Who could resist that name?
How about firewitch?
White Star Creeper?
Delicious names. It’s enough to make a body want to put a garden in my next book, too.
When my dad introduced me to the joys of dirt in his huge vegetable garden in Ethiopia, I had no idea that I would someday think of him every time I turn over the dirt, every time I tuck a plant into a spot, every time I find a rock that looks like a potato and love its oval, smooth shape. (I also remember how he would dig up a potato and take out his knife and carve out a piece for us right there…can still bring back the taste of dirt and raw potato in the sun.)