Musical Chairs

I play this game in my garden.  Most gardeners know this game all to well.  It is moving plants around.

Lets take for example, my Geranium ‘Rozanne’. When I originally bought this geranium, I planted it in my Flora Glade at the base of a serviceberry.

I was really impressed with it the first year, it flowered all summer, and heavily, right into the autumn. What a bang for your buck.

So a couple of years later, when Loblaws was closing their garden centre for the season, they had some leftover Rozannes for a dollar each. So I bought all they had, eleven of them.

And I decided to plant them in my Lime Walk, (along with the one from the Flora Glade, so, I would have 6 per side), hoping they would cover the muscari foliage that looks horrible when it is dying back. 

And it looked wonderful weaving  its way through the hydrangea that line the grass path.  But weaving can be good and bad, and it wove its way right out onto the grass path, looking messy.

Not the look that I want for the Lime Walk, it is all straight linear lines, so it had to go.

So last fall I moved to the Allee, which seems to have become a self seeding haven. Foxglove, ladies mantle, honesty, all seed through out this space, while the hellebores and bulbs give early spring colour.

Now Rozanne is starting to weave her way throughout them and twine around the serviceberry. I think she will be staying here for a while.



12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    paulinemulligan said,

    I think Rozanne will be very happy in her new home where she can do her own thing! Some plants can do ‘formal’ some can’t – that’s life!

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    David Leeman said,

    I love the blooming machine for all the same reasons ….but it can be controlled with some hedging shears. Just chop it back beyond where it’s boundary should be and you will get a fresh new flush of growth….a Chelsea chop at anytime of the season…..

  3. 5

    I’m the same with musical chairs – just dug up a butterfly bush, some daylilies, an obedient plant and moved a rosebush into a new area. Fall is the perfect time for this. I love being back out in the garden after all the heat of the summer has passed.

    • 6

      I locve moving plants around as well, unfortunately the Japanese Maples that I moved in the spring to a better location, didn’t like the drought. I have my fingers crosssed for them.

  4. 7

    PJ Girl said,

    It’s really lovely so the annoyance factor isn’t too big a deal… unlike the rampant bindweed that I have ramaging through my garden at the moment! It also looks fantastic with the hydrangeas x

  5. 9

    I’ve been watching Rozanne all season long at the garden center where I work. We sell them by the hundreds. I recently incorporated a few into my own personal beds. I can’t wait to see how they do. Glad to hear they don’t mind a transplanting every now and then.

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    Marguerite said,

    musical chairs is it ever! I just got finished moving plants that I just moved in the spring. I feel like I have a serious case of indecision. Rozanne is very pretty, glad you had a place to put her as that was quite a lot of plants to move. That’s my second biggest problem, finding new spots for plants that I’ve decided just don’t fit.

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