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Packing up a garden, part 1

I bought perennials this year instead of annuals. Scavenged at plant sales, yard sales, clearance sales, you name it. I moved them into tubs since the new neighbors up front have turned the shared garden into their own personal ashtray and I skeeve cigarette butts.

So here is where I will log what’s where for next spring, with the help of a sharpie and duct tape:

Autumn fern

Auturn fern

Japanese ghost fern #1 of 3

Japanese ghost fern #1

Butterfly bush, plus some creeping sedum plus one of those bluebell things from the Honore yard

Butterfly bush

Red penstamon

Red penstamon

Lilac bush, love grass, lamb’s ears creeping thyme and with any luck, a Chinese lantern

Lilac bush

And it only took until October

Moonflower! How beautiful. You were worth the wait since March when I planted those seeds…


Flower scrounging

One of my favorite parts of both the Master Gardener plant sale and the Ravenswood Manor yard sale is scrounging plants. Like find what’s $1 or $2 and bringing it home.

Last year it was like cactus paddles and catmint.

This year it’s chamomile and tansy and winecup and autumn clematis from the master gardeners.

From old garden to new garden

An old neighbor let me into the old yard to thin out some plants I had stuck there a few years ago. He helped me dig them up, too, which was key with the lillies. Those suckers took root since I left which is silly because they wouldn’t grow for me.

perennials recouped

recovered perennials

Tiger lillies, recouped from the side of the road, in bags.

recovered lillies stuck in a tricky spot

Ginger-something bought at a yard sale where the homeowner got out a shovel and dug up a clump for me.

recovered perennials

Mostly in the ground now, in a bright shady spot.

shady garden

In the new yard, I found this guy popped up on his own. What is he?

sprang up on its own: what is it?

More stuff came back

Like this rue I just left out all winter. Had I known it stood a chance, I’d have cut it back harder in the fall.

that rue returned


And glorious chives, about to bloom.


A neighbor who moved out in a hurry dumped her pots carelessly in the yard, styrofoam peanuts and stones and all. I scavenged the dirt and ended up with a chunk of last summer’s sage.

thrown-away sage came back

Succulents in a can at the top of the stairs are getting there, but still look sad.

top of stairs succulents still a little sad

Super wasteful day

It started when I took out the recycling and found in the empty blue bin in the alley a terra cotta pot with amazing potting soil, a heavy modern gray pot also with good potting soil and a long skinny empty planter, too.

pots found in trash april 2011

Ok, fine, I fished them out, cursed the frivolous former owners for not just putting these unwanted goodies on the ground or on top of the bins like everyone else and moved on to clean them out and plant stuff in them. Their loss = my gain.

Then I spotted in another neighborhood alley what looked like a tall white trash can I wanted to grab. Drove by to investigate, found an entire jewelry box full of decent costume jewelry in the top of the trash along with all kinds of other things: clean new clothes basket, another silver trash can…



scavenged box

Is everyone so stinking wealthy that they can afford to just throw away perfectly good things?

Must be the first world around here in the 60622. It makes me angry, such blatant wastefulness.

Tiny purple peeks of spring

In the backyard.

yard purples



Some kind of violet?