Have you ever bought a plant because of it's name? I did that yesterday. I was out for the morning...just looking at all the new things for the garden this year...when this plant caught my eye. It isn't a particularly pretty plant, but the name caught me. Pink Mulla Mulla...Joey. Since I call my hubby, Joey, I had to have it. I should have known that it was Australian, by the unusual name. I brought it home...3 of them....and put them right in the ground. I don't know where my mind was...I plopped it in my garden by the drive. This is a garden near the hose reel. It gets tons of water. We wash off garden tools there, mowers, hands etc. The garden is always getting splashed. In reading about it on the internet, I find that it grows in drier climes in Australia. A new plant to the US...I think last year. I really want it there, so I will try to shelter it, when we use the hose. Have you seen this plant...or bought it? Let me know how it worked for you.
I spent the better part of the afternoon tidying up the "snake" garden, where these plants will be. The lamium needed to be thinned out...it takes over. I really like it though, and think that it keeps the weeds down and looks so pretty, even when not blooming. I wondered if the snake was hiding under it all the while I gardened there. I put in a few bright pink wave petunias. It might be a bit early, but I noticed that they had them planted at the greenhouse. I only put in four, so they can be replaced if we get a frost...
The Grotto is heading down the road to completion. Joe is there this morning putting the 400 lb concrete benches together. The stonework started yesterday and it looks great. Take a peak, by clicking on http://sacredheartmemorialgrotto.blogspot.com/ We've come a long way in a little more than a month. The dedication is a month away. I will start planting the garden around this Grotto soon. Tomorrow I'll show the plants that I have chosen for this spot.
Today I head back to the woods to use the weed whacker around the statues and along the border. The lawn will be mowed tomorrow and I guess this will be my job, until Spring is over. So, I guess I should get dressed and get the job done. I hope all of you in Tennessee and Kentucky are drying out. I have worried about all of you.