Friday, April 4, 2014

Garnishing with Parsley

For the moment, I have been transplanting existing plants from my yard (see previous post).

I do want to add a few new items. Here is my wishlist:


Greenhouse Botanical

Wouldn't the little "chicks" from Hens-and-Chicks look fun as cabbages in the garden by the barn? Later I could transplant them to other areas of the landscape. 

These succulents would be a perfect companion for any variety of sedum and excellent against the rocks and in the rock crevices. Getting about 4 inches tall, Hens-and-Chicks like full sun and well-drained soil. 

Dwarf Mondo Grass

Dwarf Mondo Grass looks like a grass but is more closely related to lilies. Because the dwarf version can get about 2 to 3 inches tall, I would like to use it to mimic corn in the barn garden and them move it to landscape around the cottages. Dwarf Mondo Grass likes shade and moist, well-drained soil. Perfect!
(photo is from Mondo Grass)

Sowing Seeds

I am sowing seeds because I want to grow a few annuals. They may eventually be too large, but we will see what happens.

My flower choice is Alyssum and is said to be easy. This information is from the Gardener's Network: "Alyssum like full to partial sun. They will do well in average soils and tolerate dry soil conditions. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Soil should drain well. Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month. Once your Alyssum are established, they will grow well until the first frost. Alyssum are tender annuals and highly susceptible to frost."

Alyssum from Proven Winners

Finally, the little town of Parsley would need to be framed by a grouping of parsley, shouldn't it?

I have sown the seeds but have read that parsley requires more patience than other herbs. According to Gardening Patch, common parsley or Petroselinium crispum is a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae): "Although Parsley is a biennial herb it is normally grown as an annual as results after the first year are requires a good amount of light and will do best when receiving around 6 hours of sun a day but will tolerate partial shade...Ensure the soil does not dry out - water more frequently in summer. You can add a mulch to the soil to reduce soil moisture loss and reduce competing weeds." 

The town's conditions are perfect. The test is to see if I am a patient gardener. 

We'll say good-bye to the Little Town of Parsley for awhile. Occasionally we will visit to see the "garden grow" and the results of care and patience. Bye for now!