Was I rushing the season?

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During a warming spell in March, when our favorite locally owned garden nursery opened up, I collected an assortment of fillers and spillers and two thrillers for my patio urns. The fillers, pansies and violas, are still going strong along with wire vine plants. Not so the bicopa spillers and miniature dracena thrillers. A couple of sub-freezing nights here and there took care of them in spite of a covering of old linen dishtowel.

Was I rushing the season? After forty-plus years in Eastern Washington state, this transplant from the Deep South still hasn’t learned her horticultural zoning lessons!

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Since wire vine plants are trailers as well as ground creepers, I like to add a couple of these spillers to pots and urns for delicate grace notes, along with trailing vinca and creeping Charlies. This year I want to try stuffing one into an otherwise unsightly broken front walk, like this:

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So what’s next? Pink Geraniums thrillers with a variety of spillers such as blue and white bicopa (fresh plants) . . .

or “Diamond Frost” Euphorbia fillers . . .

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. . . shown here with overgrown spillers Dichondra “Silver Falls” for the front porch urns flanking my white Luytens bench.

On second thoughts, perhaps I’d better wait until May 30. What do you think?


Author: www.rosesintherainmemoir.wordpress.com

Celebrating just over fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. I launched this INVITATION TO THE GARDEN blog the summer of 2017 on WordPress.com. I look forward to hearing your stories, too!

6 thoughts on “Was I rushing the season?”

  1. Wait! Plants cost too much to see them die before you’ve enjoyed them. I know the nurseries are full of plants and hanging baskets for Mother’s Day next weekend, but generally I don’t buy or plant until after our long May24 Victoria weekend, even if we’ve had an early spring.

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      1. Everything I’ve seen on sale here at the pop up nurseries looks so cold and straggly that I haven’t even been tempted…


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