Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Resembling a child's drawing

We plant most of our spring bulbs out in the sunniest yard and we don't do it in beds, just scattered in the St. Augustine. While the leaves are dying back, it's easy to mow around things using human energy and the non-power reel mower. This scheme works well because the squirrels and the birds assist us. We wouldn't be able to keep things in designated locations apart from the lawn even if we tried. What was once an allium encirclement of an old flower bed bordered by cobblestones and chunks of limestone with fossils in them has continued to return where it was planted all those many decades ago, but individual alliums appear out in the grass, just where the squirrels planted them, and they enhance the anemones, ranunculus, narcissi, daffodils, and other spring flowers, including stock and all those delphiniums or larkspurs. These latter were planted atop the trench opened in that yard in order to replace some Orangeburg pipe. They have continued to return. Adding to them are additional seedings by us in places where the lawn is bare, plus an uncountable number of volunteers springing up everywhere in the lawn. We also put poppies in the bare places. Oddly, we're finding little Johnny-jump-ups that have self-seeded in the lawn and are only now coming into bloom.


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