Holding Bed


For a variety of reasons we’ve ended up with a veritable plethora of plants in pots – mainly tiny pots – awaiting their day to be planted in their permanent home. Today was not that day. But they just shouldn’t spend any more time in the pots (roots coming out of the bottom of the pots and growing into the ground) so I filled this bed with plants and seedlings that really do deserve better (such is life).

Along the left are a few branches that I’m trying to strike including a native sarsaparilla (smilax glyciphylla), wisteria, mulberry, bay tree and some mystery flowers Grace gave us. None of them are doing spectacularly but I’m not ready to toss them yet.

Across the back are a native raspberry (rubus rosifolius) and a pineapple guava (feijoa sellowiana) – we actually paid money for that one as opposed to making our own cuttings or getting handouts from various council events (I love that this council does so much to promote the planting of natives – edible or not) with 2 mulberry trees in the middle.

Down the right are 3 lomandra longifolia, a paperbark (melaleuca) and a bottle brush (callistemon linearis).

I planted 2 warrigal greens (tetragonia tetragonoides) which are a native spinach that survives even in the hot summer sun and can be harvested all year, plus a couple of normal lettuces (cos and iceberg) to fill some holes. These greens are a more permanent resident for this bed.

I mulched the lot and now they can relax for a while until Frank and I have the time and inspiration to place them somewhere permanently and the conviction about where they are to live.

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About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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