I was tempted to call it a day after pressing the start button on the dishwasher around 10:15pm this evening, but something didn’t feel right. It was the first day of spring, still 65F late in the evening, and I hadn’t done a thing in the garden. I looked down at the three small plants that rested on the back of the kitchen sink and decided there was still time to get my hands in the soil.
I grabbed the three plants — provided by Angela Treadwell-Palmer of Plants Nouveau to participants in the Garden Writers Association meeting at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show on March 10 — and headed out to the back patio. The plants, one Hydrangea, a Phlox and a Stokesia, had tripled in size in the ten days since I received them. Roots had started to grow from the bottom of the 2″ growers pots. It was time to transplant them into something larger. I grabbed a few spare 6″ nursery pots, some compost and quickly potted them up into new homes.
|Hydrangea macrophylla Everylasting™ Revolution|
|Phlox paniculata ‘Thai Pink Jade’|
|Stokesia laevis ‘Elf’|
I’ll likely grow these plants in the nursery pots for a while longer, giving them a chance to establish themselves before finding them a more permanent home in the garden.
The neighbors may have wondered what was going on so late in the evening, but I’m certainly glad I got my hands in the soil on this first day of the new season.
Many thanks to Plants Nouveau for providing these sample plants to GWA members in Chicago.