Time to Plant

Now that I am home it is time to get to work . My son Devon and his girlfriend Emily are visiting in five days for a week before going on an extended trip to South America and I have a ton of things to do to get ready, especially in my garden.  When it comes between choosing to work inside cleaning or outside in the garden there is no contest. I choose gardening every time.  I’ll get all that inside stuff done at some point, but the truly important things are outside!

Green Coleus

Green Coleus

I am in love with coleus right now. I found these three beautiful varieties in Lake Tahoe this past week. I always seem to find a plant there I must have.

Red Coleus

Red Coleus

Coleus is probably one of the easiest plants to grow and propagate. In fact, the plants root so easily that you can even start cuttings in a glass of water.

Coleus can be added to beds and borders or grown in containers. They need fertile, well-draining soil and usually do best in areas with partial shade, though many varieties can also tolerate sun. These are great to share cuttings with friends.

Coleus

Coleus

Today my plan, my “Master Plan” is to go plant shopping, and see what other treasures I can find I have some ideas – I would really like a beautiful rose-tree for a container on my back deck. I think that will require a trip to the nursery.  That could be dangerous as I always find much more than what I was looking for there. Encinal Nursery in Alameda and Orchard Nursery in Lafayette are two of my favorites.

Next my old standby Home Depot for container plants. I never know what they’ll have so that’s always a surprise. After that I will figure out where to put everything. That’s almost as much fun. I suppose then I should begin worrying about the inside of the house.

Cheryl in the Garden