I'm in that in-between stage of planting when everything's looking great, but can't safely live start living outside yet. My windows are overflowing with seedlings. These photos don't even begin to tell half the story!
The 2013 plant list includes something for everyone - butterflies, people, and other insects.
For the butterflies and the bees to eat:
- Echinacea "White Swan" - grown from seed I saved last fall
- Asclepias currasavica "Tropical Milkweed" - for any early monarchs
- Queen Anne's Lace - grown from seed I gathered in Westchester. I'm hoping its existence will encourage those paper wasps to stick around.
For the people to eat:
- Basil, "Italian"
- Basil, "Dwarf"
- Eggplant, "Rosa Bianca"
- Ground Cherry
- Pepper, Habanero
- Pepper, "Chinese Giant"
- Tomato, "Cherokee Purple"
- Tomato, "Emerald Evergreen"
- Tomato, "Orange Banana"
- Tomato, "San Marzano"
- Wonderberry (Sunberry)
For everyone to enjoy:
- Columbine Hybrid Mix
- Coleus Mix
- Marigold, "French Bolero"
Those last three aren't particularly fantastic nectar sources, but columbine does nicely in the flower bed that's dominated by the Norway Maple and I started coleus because another gardener in my building enjoys it. The bees like coleus late in the year too, during that period when they'll take whatever they can get.
Outside, it's even worse! I've sowed:
- Beet, "Detroit Dark Red"
- Beet, "Gourmet Blend"
- Bok Choy, "White Stem"
- Carrot, "Cosmic Purple"
- Carrot, "Kaleidoscope Blend"
- Carrot, "Little Finger"
- Carrot, "Tonda di Parigi"
- Chard, "Rainbow"
- Kale, "Red Winter"
- Lettuce, "Bibb"
- Lettuce, "Merveille des Quatres Saisons"
- Lettuce, "Ultimate Salad Bowl"
- Potato, "Adirondack Blue"
- Radish, "Purple Plum"
- Scallion, "Italian Red of Florence"
- Scallion, "Parade"
- Scarlet Flax - because I think it will be pretty
- Snow Pea, "Golden Sweet"
- Spinach, "Catalina F1"
That list doesn't even include the summer crops I need to sow at the end of the month. If you think it sounds a little bit like I'm just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks, you'd be about half right. Ideally, I'll find myself in a situation where I can give away some seedlings (and food) to friends.
To top it all off, I've been filling in gaps in the flower gardens with ground covers and other nectar sources. Hopefully the ground covers will discourage the stupid alley cats from using Flutter By 8th as their personal litter box.
Perennials for everyone!
- Cardinal Flower, "Compliment Deep Red'
- Clematis montana, "Rubens"
- Creeping Phlox, "Apple Blossom"
- Creeping Phlox, "Candy Stripe"
- Creeping Phlox, "Purple Beauty"
- Geranium, "Ballerina"
- Geranium, "Nimbus"
- Liatris spicata, "Violet"
- Salvia, "Rose Queen"
- Scabiosa, "Butterfly Blue"
Those are all plug-sized plants that I pre-ordered over the winter. Pre-ordering is the BEST! I saved so much money by making plans in January.
So, more or less, gardening could be a full-time job for me at the moment. Flutter By 8th is undergoing serious transformation and there's generally way more to do than I could possibly write find time to write about. It's a wonderful month here!