We miss the yard. It's that time of the year. We're getting there on the vegetable front, but I miss our flowers - the peonies and columbines and bachelor buttons and dahlias and bee balms and bright red yarrow and tansy. I will plant some of these in our vegetable garden to attract good bugs, but since the garden is no longer in the front yard my time with it is slimmer.
Thus, last week we took a splurgy trip to our favorite nursery and had a ridiculous amount of good time there buying shade loving container plants. Osh surreptitiously ate basil leaves and collected rocks while B and I grilled affable staff about shade grasses and scoured for blooming things.
We came home with mertensia and ferns and red veined dock and beautiful grasses and sweet potato vine and dead nettle and peachy coleus and wood poppies and get this: you can't eat any of it!!! Ok, that's not true, you can eat the dock but we're not going to. All that stuff is eye candy, it doesn't even attract good bugs. And perhaps even more stunning, some of those are annuals! I tell you, that is decadence.
We even bought fuchsia, which I generally don't even really like but Oscar identifies this plant due to an illustration in a book we have so you know, when your 21-month-old points and shouts "Fuchsia!" in a greenhouse you pretty much have to buy it, I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere...