September is all about inventory or time to update the plant spreadsheet at “Le Jardin du Markowski”.
I pray to God I got that right or my father, a former high school French teacher, will disown me. I took a few years of French in high school myself, but never grasped the language. I could, however, pull off some sick mash-ups of Franglais, like “You’re full of merde” or “Let’s go jouer some baseball”. That and I remember that the French used an alternative to “It’s raining cats and dogs”. They would say, and I’m paraphrasing here, “La vache qui pisse” meaning it is raining like the cow pisses. Score one for higher education.
My inventory process is rather simple.
I walk the garden with printed plant spreadsheet in hand and check off those plants still with us and take counts of all those same plants. Anything not checked is eventually moved to the “Dead” tab in case it needs to be referenced in the future. Any plants that have been added to the garden since the last update are scribbled on to the hard copy of the plant spreadsheet. Later on, plant tags are referenced to ensure the appropriate cultivar name have been included with my new additions.
This is necessary, why? I’ll tell you why:
- It is an excuse to carry a clipboard which is always cool.
- My neighbors look on confused and that is always fun.
- In winter, I like nothing more than to refine my plant spreadsheet as a means of keeping the garden in the conversation.
- In winter, I like nothing more than to further educate myself on a plant’s longevity, ease of division and potential partner plants.
- My therapist says it gives me a feeling of control and that apparently is considered progress.
- Some day, when I’m good and ready, I’ll reveal the plant spreadsheet to the world and it will go viral and I’ll make like tons of money.
- I have documentation for the next owners of our home should they not tear it all down in fear of what goes into the upkeep.
And no, I’m not ready to reveal this cornucopia of plant knowledge so you’ll have to just imagine what it looks like.
Actually I’ll give you one little nugget as a teaser. After completing the inventory earlier today it was determined that I have 13 Panicum ‘Rotstrahbusch’ grasses. All are thriving and all originated from plants I bought from Bluestone Perennials in 2006. Come to think of it, I could put out a plant version of Ancestry.com for my own garden and it would be killer.
A thought for another day.
I love me some ‘Rots’ and so does my camera. Here are some pics I took of the “Rots” in various poses and I hope you enjoy them all.
These are numbers 4-6 in terms of their age.
Wispy comes to mind.
Great backdrop for perennials all the way into the Fall.
Intertwined with Boltonia.
Hanging with other grasses including Sorghastrum and Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’.
There is almost always one within earshot of the camera.
As seen through the eyes of Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ blooms.
QOTD: Do you really have any interest in my spreadsheet?