Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Resisting temptation is a new sensation

This is the first year in awhile that I'm not planting in the fall, though I'm tempted by the idea of putting in masses of spring-blooming bulbs. Temptation, be gone! I need to get my house - literally - in order, as well as my garden. As soon as work on the house is finished, my patio will be put back together, which means that swaths of the garden now filled with patio stones and furniture will empty out and I'll have a chance to restore whatever damage that caused. That's the priority this fall.

Resisting temptation is a new sensation

This is the first year in awhile that I'm not planting in the fall, though I'm tempted by the idea of putting in masses of spring-blooming bulbs. Temptation, be gone! I need to get my house - literally - in order, as well as my garden. As soon as work on the house is finished, my patio will be put back together, which means that swaths of the garden now filled with patio stones and furniture will empty out and I'll have a chance to restore whatever damage that caused. That's the priority this fall.

But I stopped in at Primex last week, which is where this scene was shot, to get some seeds. There were people browsing and buying tulips and daffodils, and for once, I only bought what I came to get. However ... snowdrops were beckoning. I've fallen in love with them. Judging from the few bulbs left in the snowdrop box, I've got plenty of company. And why not? Bulbs are cheap, easy to plant, and, if you pick naturalizers and ones that squirrels and deer don't lust after, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

One customer was looking for garlic bulbs and was told Primex had sold out. Garlic goes quickly.

I don't have a crop of beets in process, but my kale and chard is looking better than it has all year. And I planted several varieties of lettuces this weekend - then didn't water. I'd looked at the weather forecast and knew we'd get some rain this week. One less chore on the list.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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