Finally Getting Things Planted

This post, “Finally Getting Things Planted” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

I have a tendency to buy plants and then find a place to put them.  I know, I know, this is not the way things are supposed to be done, but I also know I am not alone in doing this.

So, lately containers have been sitting around, waiting to be planted.  I have been willing but unable to plant them because of weather, work, or other commitments.  Having these plants just sitting around has really been getting to me.  Well, today I finally was able to start planting those patient plants.

First, I dug up some toad lilies that were now in too much sun and transplanted them to shadier locations.  Next, I planted the three Elvas amaryllis from Christmas.  They went in the toad lilies’ old spot. 

2008-321-toad-lily-reducedv2-006.jpg Toad lilies in new home.

2008-321-elvas-reduced-v2-007.jpg Amaryllis (Elvas) finally planted where toad lilies were.

I had some lilies from last spring in small containers that I figured were dead.  I saw that they were starting to show, so I planted them behind the amaryllis.  The lily bulbs were in surprisingly good shape.  So I have high hopes they will bloom this year.

Next on the list were the three Appleblossom amaryllis.  I made sure to plant all the amaryllis bulbs with at least an inch of the nose above ground.  I placed them next to the two that were planted in the garden last spring.  Those two have buds and should be blooming soon.  By next year the group of five should make a nice display of pink and white flowers.

In planting the last group of amaryllis, I had to take up some Cashmere Bouquet plants.  Those I moved to the back of the house where they will have more room to grow.

I thought I would get more done today, but amending the soil as I planted slowed me down.  So, tomorrow I will be outside again finding homes for a few more of those container-purchased plants.



  1. Jennie said,

    March 22, 2008 at 8:52 am

    My mother does exactly the same thing- buys plants which she likes, then finds them a home! Not a problem in their old home, where they had over an acre of garden, but I think it may be more of a challenge now she has a small, city garden! She says she plans on covering her patio area with pots, but I think she’ll be surprised by how quickly she fills up her space!

    Yes, I understand. I have a large yard, but not a great deal of sun. So the sunny areas are filled, and now I am concentrating on the shadier areas. I’d rather buy plants than anything else. Hubby calls it a sickness.

  2. Brenda Kula said,

    March 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I’m like you. I usually end up buying plants, and then figure out where to put them. Sometimes not. But I kind of buy on impulse! But in decorating homes, they always tell you to buy what you like, then you will find someplace to put it. So I’ll ascribe to their expert advice.

    I may have a little trouble finding a place for an impulse plant, but I’ve never regretted it. It’s the plants that I didn’t buy that I regret. So I like that philosophy of buying what you like.

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