We did start our container plantings last week-tentatively. I was not planting coleus, begonias, lantana, basil, sweet potato vine, caladiums, angelonia, and a whole host of other plants with zero tolerance for cold. Just two days ago, the temperature at 5:30 am-34 degrees. whoa. A friend at the farmer’s market told me she lost half her field of summer cut flowers that she had already planted. What a heartache. But Erma Wiegand, one of the group of brothers and sisters that own Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb told me 6 weeks ago that the possibility of frost in our area was a real possibility, until the May full moon. The May full moon? Two days ago. She has the heart and skill of a farmer-and she was dead to right. The weather this spring has had my back-I do not like to plant containers too early.
Cold soil is bad for tropical plants, and annual plants native to warmer climates. I drag my feet, getting going, until it seems like the weather is really warming up. I am happy getting the container planting going on come Memorial Day-it is the right time for our zone. Memorial Day is a national holiday, as well it should be. But we have a lot of work to do in a very short period of time. We were working. Lots of people came into the shop today-they are planting too. There is a special and particular spirit attached to every holiday. Memorial Day weekend-a favorite of mine. We honor the troops. We hope for the future, and plant.
We were not at the shop-we were on the road, planting. In the background, a fan palm underplanted with Wasabi coleus. The white streptocarpus with a purple throat will be added on the edge tomorrow. In the foreground, a pot located in a patch of sun. White mandevillea, lime nicotiana alata, creeping jenny, and silverberry petunias.
Angie plants-but she is also in charge of the numbers. Her clipboard has her name on it-everyone knows that they touch that clipboard at their peril. Angie, Rafael, Lucio, Matt, Amparo, Owen and I planted a lot of plants this weekend. It feels good to get started.