Starting the Flower Garden

Yesterday I added the first flowers to the new Flower Garden.

That’s what I’m calling this spot of land next to the driveway. It has a magnolia tree and an azalea bush, and we usually grow dahlias here, but this year I want to have lots of flowers in this space.

The first flowers that are ready to go out are the sweet peas.

A few weeks ago, these peas were just a few single long stems. I pinched them back to about five inches tall to force them to branch out.

This stem that has three branches used to be just one:

Excuse they’re a vining flower, they’d prefer some sort of a trellis to grow along. I’m going to grow them around a tomato cage: not the prettiest, but it will do the job.

Sweet peas don’t like to have their roots disturbed, so I tried not to rough them up too much when I was taking them out of the pots.

I dug four holes around the posts of the tomato cage, and plopped the sweet peas on the ground.

I’m hoping to transplant zinnias and an echinacea into this bed soon, as well as direct sow marigolds, columbine, and strawflowers. Also, I think it’s safe to put dahlia tubers in the ground now. No frost on sight. This bed will be a bit of a hodgepodge this year, and that’s just fine with me.

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