|Decoy viola picture|
Well, now, this is certainly embarrassing.
I’m not sure how it happened and wonder if it was caused by some unseen force (garden fairies) at work in my garden, playing tricks on me.
That’s one possible explanation.
The other possible explanation is that I did this in some sort of subconscious gardening-in-a-hurry state of mind as I quickly planted bulbs last fall.
As a long time vegetable gardener, my natural, self-taught method of planting falls along these lines. I call it Straight-line Obsessive Planting or SLOP. Apparently, being aware of a tendency toward SLOP doesn’t prevent a gardener from planting bulbs in straight rows.
Here is the embarrassing evidence.
Lovely irises, in this case Iris reticulata ‘Natascha’, have some how ended up in a row formation. I would have bet money that I dug one big hole last fall, which I did, and scattered these bulbs in the hole in some kind of a non-linear, random fashion.
Apparently, ” non-linear, random fashion” means slightly crooked rows.
Too late now, violas and irises all in a row.
Violas, you say?
I planted three flats of violas out and about in the garden here and there and everywhere in preparation for Easter festivities in my garden on April 8th. I hope the violas aren’t truly “all in a row”.
If they are all in a row, maybe I should dig them up and try again.
I may need Dr. Hortfreud to guide me the next time I plant something other than vegetables. These natural tendencies are apparently often difficult to overcome on one’s own.