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Embarrassment of Garden Riches

June 3, 2012

I have been absolutely astounded by the growth that has occurred in my garden the last couple of months. Nothing has offered clearer evidence of this than my lambs ear plants.

At the end of last summer, I sunk two one-gallon containers of the plant into the ground. The sprouts were no more than 6 inches across at the time. Winter is never the time for small plants to grow, and with the cold summer, there was little time for them to take root. I was honestly surprised they even lasted to the spring.

When spring arrived, it was clear that they had managed to survive, but I wasn’t sure how well they would do.

I shouldn’t have been concerned.

This past weekend, I finally had to pull both plants because they were outgrowing the rather large space in which I had planted them. In fact, just one of the little 6-inch plants had grown to be about 3.5-feet wide. Below is a picture of the plant after I pulled it.

Yes, it overflows a rather large container. I have NO idea how many gallons this holds, but suffice it to say that it is far, far larger than the one-gallon container the plant originally came in. Oh, and that is just one plant.

Of course, the embarrassment doesn’t stop with the lambs ear. I also have more roses than I know what to do with. Below is a picture of just one day’s trimmings from the garden in the compost bin (petals from 30+ blooms).

Yes, my friends accuse me of being the Martha Stewart of compost. Can I help it if my dirt starts out so beautiful?

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