We extended our gardening today to include the side of the house. Up until now, we’ve only focused on the front and the back, but with the heat of the summer upon us, we needed to get the lily of the valley in the ground.
If you weren’t aware, we brought the lily of the valley plants with us from Connecticut. These are among Laura’s favorites and to leave without them would’ve been tragic. She’s nurtured them from the beginning and when in bloom, they’re truly something else. And the value in them! They spread like it’s nobody’s business.
When we first arrived here, we quickly put these plants into containers and watered them. From there, we saw a small amount of action in their top halves, but not really anything to write home about. I thought they weren’t going to make it in this climate, but from what we saw on the roots this afternoon, I’m beginning to think otherwise.
Lily of the valley like cool shade. They really aren’t hot weather plants, so we needed to get them out of the containers we put them in and get them into the ground. After analyzing things for a while, we decided that the northern facing side of the house would be best. It gets the best shade. Where we had them in the front is the worst. It faces west and gets hammered in the afternoon. I’ll show you where we put them in the pictures below.
I also already told you about our fig tree. What I didn’t mention yet was the bare root strawberry plants we received today. Actually, today’s mail was an onslaught of seeds. I couldn’t possibly talk about them all in one post, so I’ll break them up into posts of their own. Probably as we plant them.
Anyway, we received around eleven strawberry plants that had to get into the ground as quickly as possible. They were shipped dormant and with the warmth they most likely experienced on their trip to Florida, I’m thinking they weren’t dormant anymore. And with no water, let’s just say the best thing was to get them in some dirt. I’ll show you that in the pictures below as well.
I think that’s it for today. We have the lily of the valley, the fig tree and the strawberry plants. Enjoy.