i'm consumed today by thoughts of flowers. i planted more today: sweet peas (the flower, not legume), poppies, more marigolds, nasturtium (that was actually a few days ago), and a few cosmos which will probably not pop up (old seed). i want to find some Portulaca to plant in the flower bed on the west side of the house; this area is difficult to reach with the hose so i tend not to water it. it also receives full sun, the entire day, and has shitty soil. well, i planted some portulaca from transplants last year and they hung on the entire season, looking especially sweet when i watered them. so i'd like to fill that entire bed with portulaca to supplement the nasturtium i've already planted there. i might throw in some poppy seeds as well.
we have a raised bed in front of the house with a few bushes. the bed was covered in black plastic and mulch, but the mulch has disintegrated. i'm thinking of ripping out the black plastic and filling the bed with flowers; maybe zinnias and/or a few others. i also have a packet of lavender that i really want to plant. maybe i'll deposit that in the vegetable bed.
oh, and after a little more research, it seems that the grape hyacinth i planted in total shade probably won't thrive there. these are a nostalgic flower for me, as they grow all over my dad's yard. his house was once owned by my grandmother, who was well-known for her green thumb*. pot marigolds are also nostalgic for the same reason. i have a picture of me on my grandmother's patio when i was maybe 4-5, holding a blooming pot of marigolds and my she-rah action figure. she seemed to love marigolds.
*funny story about this, since i'm rambling anyway. i recently had a parent-teacher conference at my son's school. one of his teachers recognized my face but couldn't figure out why. it turns out that she worked with my grandmother when she was a special ed teacher at the same school (~20 years ago). what did she say about my grandma? "oh she had such a green thumb! she invited all the teachers out to her house for an event one summer, and her yard left quite an impression on me!" amazing she did it all using rainwater to irrigate her gardens.