No More News Today; I’m Going Out to the Garden

I can’t watch the news, anymore. The Lord did not give me a heart of steel. I am a sponge when it comes to broken hearts and broken worlds. There is only so much any of us can listen to or watch, and stay sane. Enough said. It is out to the garden I go. Or in today’s case, it is out the garden center I go. The place where beauty actually overtakes evil.

The light shines into the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Here are two of my new favorites at the garden center. I will side note here to add that if you go to a big box, you might find these, MIGHT. But, if you did find them, they would not look like this. Point made. Support your local, independent garden retail center

Number one new favorite:

Coreopsis ‘Enchanted Eve’ part of the Lil’ Bang series (which is the dwarf of the Big Bang series, like ‘Mercury Rising’). This super cool guy named Darrell Probst (no, I never met the guy but his plants are awesome) is the breeder. His thing is breeding coreopsis for lower zones (down to zone 5) and color (he has introduced a true red coreopsis).  Height on this one makes it perfect for containers or landscape, 8-12″ and 12-18″ spread. Blooms early summer into early fall. Zone 5-9 and cooler climates will have more red in the center. Don’t you feel better just looking at this and thinking of all the great places to plant it? Me too.

Coreopsis 'Enchanted Eve'

Coreopsis ‘Enchanted Eve’

Second current favorite:

Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’ done by the same guy. (He is very busy.) Part of the Permathread series, this one gets 12-18″ tall, similar spread, and zones 5-9. (The zone thing is evidently a big thing for him, living in MA, a zone 5.) A wine red color.This one just makes my heart so happy it hurts.

Coreopsis 'Red Satin'

Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’

Joe Pye Weed hybrids are selling like mad in the garden center, everyone wants one. Little Joe, Baby Joe, and this guy, ‘Phantom,’ whom I adore. It stays compact, 31″ high max, 23″ wide, not all that flopping around. Not to mention, its blooms are perfect. No, that is not our garden center in the background. If it was, we’d open a bed and breakfast and take reservations. My phone died before I could take a picture. This is an internet shot. Wherever this place is, with the view in the background, what a heck-of-a-place to garden. Here’s a link for a comparative study done on the pye weed by the Chicago Botanic Garden. (I know, that is the last thing you want to read, but the pictures are incredible.)

Joe Pye Weed 'Phantom'

Joe Pye Weed ‘Phantom’

And, in my own garden, Sweet Autumn clematis. It can be so weedy, but how pretty is this? Up to 30′ tall with a similar spread, this baby can tolerate a lot of shade. And, it blooms now, late August through September. It is also deer resistant, but let’s talk deer for a half of second (or they’ll hear us and come running and there will go my clematis). I’ll say this once. DEER DON’T READ OUR PLANT TAGS.

Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sweet Autumn Clematis

If you feel the need to return to the news now, go ahead. I’m going to walk Aggie while drinking my coffee. (A definite balancing trick, “Squirrel!”) I’ll pray today for the violence to recede, for gardens to take the place of war-torn lands, and swords to turn to plowshares.

Isaiah 2:4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.