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Friday Yardening
Today is beautiful, mostly sunny and mild.  Butterflies are out.  I fed the birds.

Yesterday we bought a cartload of flower bulbs.  The selection was better this year -- only a few things I wanted were sold out.  I planted 3 Allium 'Purple and White Duo' and 20 Allium caerulium in the purple and white garden.  The latter are the blue-toned ones that I wanted last year but were sold out, so I was very happy to score some this time.  :D 

I have become quite fond of alliums since I started exploring them a couple years ago.  This spring and summer they performed very nicely for me, so I bought more.  I like having something the critters won't devour.  Perhaps if I plant enough of them, they will help discourage herbivores from feasting on my other plants.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 28th, 2018 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW--Your Allium caerulium like a dry hot spot after they've finished blooming.
You could try amending your soil with plenty of sand and/or small pea-sized gravel. It might also help if you planted them in a raised frame.
Hope this helps.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 28th, 2018 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

I did not know that, but the purple and white garden happens to have rocky soil. It's raised a little above the yards. There's a ring of rocks around the tree trunk, more or less, and a lot of gravel churned into the soil.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 29th, 2018 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

It sounds as though it might be successful enough in that flowerbed to come back a second year.
I've seen it in bloom--it's very pretty.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 29th, 2018 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

The sedum is growing great there. It used to be a rock garden. The alliums I planted before seemed happy enough. It will be interesting to see what blooms in spring.
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