Well it's not really all my fault, but then again, it is. Other than the pansies and allysum I planted a couple of months ago, we have absolutely no flowers blooming in our garden right now. Tons of things leafing out all over the place, but a total absence of blooms (other than the aforementioned pansies and allysum, which have been blooming, bless their little hearts, all through the winter.)
And seeing other garden bloggers posting photos of the beautiful blooms in their gardens is a little disheartening, but serves only to make me more determined to plan ahead for next year.
My focus with the garden so far has been getting the backbone of the garden planted, planning for winter interest with evergreen shrubs, planting for the birds etc. Other than a few daylilies and lilium, I haven't even got started with flowers yet.
Still, the garden is new, and we're planning on living here a long time, so if I can just find a smidgeon of patience, in a few years we should hopefully have the garden that I dream of.
I started thinking about blooming seasons and how some plants bloom early, but fade as our summer approaches. Others are late starters but can take the heat of a Houston summer. I'm sure that experienced gardeners can roll off the facts: this plant blooms from early March through May, that one blooms from July through September, etc. I, on the other hand, don't have that experience and knowledge. I'd have to look everything up and then try and remember it when planning my flower borders.
So I thought about making a chart that would show the information in a graphic format that would make it easy for me to see a) what I currently have and b) where there would be "holes" - times when nothing was blooming.
Here's the sort of thing I came up with. Just an excel spreadsheet that I can print and keep in my garden journal.
What I'll do is to start with the flowers/flowering shrubs that I have already, and mark their bloom times on the chart. Then I'll easily be able to see, what seasons I need to plan for so I can get planting!
I could do one for the front border, and another for the back border, or the corner garden etc. I could color it to match the plants so I could get an idea, especially in the planning stages, of what would look good and what would clash.
I can't wait to get started :-)
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.