Thursday, October 16, 2008

TGI almost F

I have a lot of things I want to do this weekend so I am glad tomorrow is Friday.

As soon as I left work today I ran to the library to pick up two of the 5 books I ordered a few days ago. I have not even opened the covers yet, but I am looking forward to spending a little time with them later this weekend.
Look what was waiting for me when I got home. My Oriental poppy collection arrived.
A lot of new gardeners wonder how different plants arrive when ordered. Poppies arrive packaged in clear bags as these bare roots.

I always try to plant these orders the same day I receive them. The roots have already spent quite a few days in this sealed box. The sooner they get planted, the better the chances are that they will survive and bloom next spring.

So I threw a quick load of laundry in and went out and planted the eight poppies. I took pictures of where each was planted. I always lay the bag with the name of the plant on the ground and take a close up so I will know exactly which plant is where next year.

I used nail polish on big Popsicle sticks to mark where I planted these. In June I marked these sticks with permanent ink Sharpies and within a few weeks the writing had worn off. I guess it's not really "permanent" after all. Hopefully the nail polish will work better.


  1. Looks like you have some good reading for the weekend, Zoey.
    I love poppies so hopefully I get to see them bloom next year.

  2. Can't wait to see the poppies next year!
    Enjoy your quilt books too. : )

  3. Your dahlias arrived yesterday! Thanks! I'll probably do a post later so I can remember when I got them. I did the permanent marker on popsicles thing and they faded for me too.


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