|Columbine (Aquilegia) seedlings around the Circle Lawn|
This is my favorite kind of gardening. Leisurely.
|Here, there and everywhere amongst the geraniums, sedums and turf.|
Do not be afraid to pop them out, even large sections of seedlings. I usually put them in a large pot (steer clear the holes or use a box instead!), divide them apart from each other and then walk around the rest of the garden thinking about where a nice patch of columbine would add some color at the end of May.
Be sure the soil in their new home is loose, not compacted. Dig tiny holes and be sure that, when you put them in, they are not planted too deeply. Their tiny crowns need to be just at soil level. If you do not have the advantage of rain after planting, then give them a gentle, tiny sprinkle for their new tiny hole. I prefer swaths of flowers, so I often plant several seedlings in the same area... some times dozens in a larger area.
|Columbine, forget-me-nots and foxglove foliage in May this year.|
You will be richly rewarded for your cold, rainy work come next year!
Read more from the Fall Gardening Tasks series:
#1 Planting Lavender in wet climates
#2 New perennials for fall planting