Just a little teaser update as I have been too busy planting to do much posting this week. The plants actually look more impressive while still in their pots. I got the plants laid out early Tuesday morning but planting them is another story. If I could just pop them in the ground it wouldn’t take that long. After all most of the soil is nice fresh compost that is easy to dig in and most of the pots are 4″. Making the protective gopher cages for the roots probably quadruples the amount of time it takes to plant a garden. In the interest of my sanity most of the California native annuals did not get protective cages. Hopefully I won’t regret this later. But I had about 4 flats of baby blue eyes, tidy tips, cream cups, and meadow foam. Cages for all of them would have just taken way too long and added expense for what are temporary plants. Annuals on the other side of the driveway along the fence where I know gophers are very active will be protected however.
About three quarters of these plants (from Annie’s Annuals and Native Sons) are now planted but I am still doing some finishing touches and moving around a few things. I may wait on posting a big update until after the mulch has gone down and it looks a bit nicer. The weather has been so beautiful this week that I sometimes forget that it is still February and that most of these plants have months to grow before blooming time. Some things about California I’m not sure if I will ever get used to.