All this confusion started when I ordered my first bulbs this past year. Being new at this big-time gardening thing, planning to plant for next year was a foreign delayed-gratification concept never explored because of a heavy workload that didn’t allow room for those kinds of thoughts. Southern Bulb Company has a great reputation for fine quality bulbs, so I started there.
I LOVE their packaging…
Then, I got hooked on the idea of daylilies. So I spent hours researching daylilies. I created a whole new bed for them, modified the soil, let it rest, and looked at daylily pictures till my eyes crossed. So then I purchased daylilies that will either work or they won’t. We’ll find out in a couple of months.
After planting more bulbs and a few passalong seeds, I started getting overwhelmed. Too many new and different plants, too much of the “plop a plant” method so aptly described by Pam/Digging. Being a natural-born spatial relationship/designer type of person, I couldn’t have too much chaos or I would end up not enjoying the garden at all. My organizational skills came through like a champ this weekend.
I already had a garden book with pages and pages of how to take care of the plants that I already have, and more pages of plants that I want. But I was getting confused as to what was where and what did “where” need added to it to make it perfect? (ha!)
And if I did add something, how can I remember what new bulbs went in the ground in my bulbfest, and what will they even look like, anyway? Yes, at least I did put in sticks where I planted with names. Out came the graph paper!
This, my friends, is my back yard. To scale, no less. After much measuring, sneezing, reading tongue depressors used as name tags, sneezing more, counting, and even more sneezing (it is Cedar Fever season, after all), I was able to create this map of my yard. In pencil, of course, because a lot of things might not live through the drought, and I’m sure I’ll rearrange a few things once I see them bloom. The front yard map is half-way finished. I was able to indicate where all my long lost sprinkler valves are now that I’ve paid hundreds of dollars to find and replace them.
My garden book contains pages from seminars I attended at Zilker Gardens.
I also created a page for each plant, with photo from the web, usually Dave’s Garden, and growing information.
The divider tabs have nice pockets where I stick more plant info from when I purchased the plant, as well as receipts that I’ve managed to hang on to just to remind myself from time to time that I could have spent six months on Virgin Gorda for what this garden costs.
Don’t you think this was a great project to distract me from cleaning the house? I’ve already been making a list of plants I MUST HAVE for my newly organized beds. Can’t wait for spring so some of this work might pay off!