Record Keeping


A stormy February night is the perfect time to update plant records. I save tags and notes in a shoe box and a few times a year get around to entering them in my data base. It’s so interesting to remember all the plants that have been added, and review their preferences. I look up information that’s missing that I’m curious about. The plants (8 currently, not counting things that died but are working out on the second try) that have been lost are highlighted in grey. There is a list too of those I have yet to find to complete the plan, which gets added to from time to time but not as often as one would think. These days if I want a new plant it has to be multi-functional, and beautiful and fit into the theme and physically fit into the space, which is at a premium at this point.

It’s good to remind myself of the bulbs and things that I haven’t seen in a whole year. It’s so easy to say, in spring, “Oh, there is a nice space! I’m going to fill that with ___.” And then plunging a trowel in the ground, I discover my precious ___ bulbs were just about to break ground and I have just sliced into them. Actually, I have stakes in place to mark most thing which are prone to disappearing, but it’s not a fail-proof system.

Speaking of precious bulbs, I’m really looking forward to all the Widow’s Iris I planted in fall. They have been poking up in a few places. Also called Snake’s head iris, they grow 12 – 18 inches tall and have green/bronze flowers that are lovely in arrangements. It’s one of those interesting flowers that can get lost in the bed but are great in groups or when appreciated at close range in a vase. They are hardy in zones 7 to 9. This is the first time I am growing them. I bought two packages of bulbs in fall, for about 20 plants. They are supposed to bloom quite early in the spring.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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