Now that there is no longer a chance of frost here in sunny Florida (My personal landscaping consultant advises me to wait until the Ides of March to do anything.) my thoughts have turned towards getting some plants into the ground. Nevermind that I can kill any given leaf-bearer in three weeks or less. And bless their chlorophylled little hearts it they make it to winter, because they are true goners then. But I do get excited about the greenery and the happy flowers, so I tend to give it a shot most years.
I’ve spent the last month or so cleaning out some of the copses of trees in the yard and battling the blackberry bushes along the driveway to make room for a new flower bed. A neighbor with a tractor sure does come in handy once in a while for things like that. I’d like to slowly but surely fill in the new bed with perennials over the next few years. And I want to do this as inexpensively as possible.
So I’m starting with ginger. A simple Asian ginger from the grocery store. Find the one with the most nubs on it, break it into pieces, and plant. Easy peasy. Right? We’ll see. I’ll let you know.