plans, plans, and

this time of year going through the flowers and pictures is interesting. like tonight’s flower it is thrills and questions all at once. the cross is one of many i have wanted to make. the flower looks good. good for a flower just coming out of the seedling bed. still the plant is not fully mature. and in fact the same might also be true for the flower. the plant was strong enough this year to bloom. in the next three years it should grow strong enough to increase the number of plants. it might grow better branches and bud counts. perhaps taller, the flower perhaps richer in color and size. and then there is the whole selection and move to another bed for the next three years of observation. so the first question does it have a selection flag for that move ? i hope so. and i will not really know until i get back out into the garden tomorrow. i do know that there are already too many flagged flowers for the actual space that will be opened. and i cannot just stick the extra wanna be keepers in pots. it is just about time to start moving them and for the weather and other intervening events to get in the way. and to see how the chaos and remnants of the plan work their way to reality. and to also see what falls by the wayside. for now at least this flower is on the hope it is flagged list…

9 thoughts on “plans, plans, and

    1. John Hric Post author

      roberta sometimes I think chaos decides which plants are kept. The way it mostly works is I will flag a plant that I want to keep. Mainly it is based on the flower and sometimes a plant will show good branching on the scape or good height and I will flag based on that. Usually I will tie the plastic flagging tape to the flower scape. However by the end of summer a lot of the scapes are dried out and ready to fall out. So I will place an orange snow stick (driveway marker) next to the plant and move the flag onto the stick. The fun part comes when I have to move the flagged plants from the seedling bed to the keeper bed. Usually I have more plants selected than there is room in the keeper bed. So either some other plant has to come out to make room for those other flagged plants, or they go in a 7 gallon fabric pot, or they get unselected because there is no room left. Basically it is a crazy game of musical chairs. And because of this some just don’t make it. Usually Susan does not get into the selection part of the game mainly because I have already selected the plant. If there was a plant she wanted it would definitely make the list with priority. We are having some windows replaced today. In between I hope to get out to the garden and check if this one is indeed flagged. I am also hoping to make a list of all the flagged plants and prioritize them. So all of the plants I really really want to keep are moved first. Each year I get a little better at the selection and move process. However when I get right down to it – it is a messy, dangerous, and chaotic thing. It is easy for flags to fall off or get lost one way or another. And there are times when a plant gets lost or mixed up in the process.

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  1. John Hric Post author

    That is a short and sweet description of the mayhem. And at this time of the year if a flag falls off the plant well they all look alike. So moving a plant from point A to point B is a tad more dangerous. Moving a plant during bloom season is like letting a bull loose in a china shop. There are blooming plants all around so they are all libel to be damaged. As the old Marx Brothers line goes ‘I sold the coat and two pair of plants.’

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  2. D. Wallace Peach

    A beautiful flower, John. I haven’t begun putting my gardens to bed yet, but soon, especially the veggies, which have mostly gone to seed. I’ll let the flowers linger a little longer. Enjoy the last days of summer. 🙂

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Thanks D. I am not sure putting the garden to bed is the right term. I need to start making these moves for next season. And while the daylilies are mostly done they are not completely done. Susan is trimming the leaves for fall. And working her way around all of the surprise end of season scapes that are coming up. mostly is the operative word…

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