The Lightpole Garden

 We have a tendency to name our garden plots and flower beds. It just makes it easier to discuss the garden. Well, Lightpole Garden caused a LOT of discussion from the beginning. Ken wanted to put a small flower bed around the street light pole at the edge of our yard so he could mow a nice curve and not have to weed-eat around the pole. I thought that would only draw attention to a pole we'd rather wasn't in our yard. But THE gardener usually wins these kind of discussions (because he's usually right.)

We killed (we hope!) the evil, stinky, invasive plant we had in the Lightpole Garden the last couple years. (I don't remember its name or I'd warn you about it!) This year we chose an annual (unless we have a warm winter?) Dianthus to replace it. The tag says it will bloom spring to fall and needs just the amount of sun that spot gets––and we could fill the bed for $9.47. I'll post "after" photos later this summer. Those beautiul rocks came from Ken's 101-year-old grandpa's pastures in the Smoky Hills of Ellsworth County.

April 7 and our first flowers of the year are in! Yay! 


Melanie said...

YA-HOOO!! Stinky, invasive plant. .eek--sounds scary!! Knowing that I am south of you. .the dianthus that I planted last summer is blooming already. .even after the REALLY cold weather we had this winter. .and some varieties are perenniel here. .hope you got one of those! Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

Deborah Raney said...

It's a chameleon plant and we didn't get it after all! It came back. If you had a huge area you wanted to fill with thick, waxy, sometimes colorful leaves that look nice, but have a distinct not very pleasant odor when you break them off, then chameleon is the plant for you. If you EVER think you may want to plant anything else in that spot, do NOT let chameleon get started there. : (

Ken painted each leaf with roundup and we'll see if that does the trick. Digging them up (or trying) only seemed to encourage then. Ugh!