Now open, all you can eat buffet. Slug comfort food, just like mama slug used to make, featuring pansies, petunias, salvia, verbena, lobelia, snap dragons and stock. Mmm good.
We spent the weekend at Astoria, partaking of Oregon’s finest pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and more, at the Astoria-Warrenton Seafood & Crab Festival. Notice the lack of the word “wine” in that event name. Yet that’s the main attraction. I’m sure it has something to do with liability.
We came home with a couple good bottles of pinot noir and a fruity chardonnay-muscat blend for hot summer evenings. Also an addition to the “I don’t collect snakes” snake collection: a pipe stone Zuñi snake fetish.
The weather was gorgeous. Driving home, I decided to set out the annual slug buffet. I spent way too much money on little plants. But is money spent on plants truly wasted? I think not.
I planted little porch plants in lots of pots. I pulled some compost out of the pile and mixed with potting soil. Hopefully that will give the little plants lots of good nutrients. The rest of the little plants went into the main garden.
My guiding principle of garden design is you can never have too much lobelia. Beyond that I have no design. I pull the little plants out of their plastic starter containers, mix them up and forget what colors I’m holding, then toss them on the ground. Where they land is where they get planted. I can tell them apart by foliage, at least. I try to plant them in like clumps. Maybe three verbena together with a salvia, that sort of thing.
Gardening, for me, is an act of perpetual optimism. I’m never entirely confident that all will survive and thrive, yet mostly they do. I’m excited to see how it turns out. I’ll post pictures when things bloom.