Yesterday I posted my Spring Fling wrap-up, but I thought I would take this Muse Day to reflect on a few things I learned over the weekend. These are in no particular order:
1. To hide the "bare ankles" of alliums, plant them with daylilies (Hemerocallis). I'm sorry I don't have a picture to back this up, but after much study and discussioin, Mr. McGregor's Daughter and I found this pairing to be an ideal solution to the scraggly foliage of blooming alliums. For the record, we observed this pairing at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday.
2. Who says veggies can't be artistic?
(The vegetable garden at CBG)
3. Andie's restaurant has fabulous spanakopita, baklava, and cheesecake. I realize that's not exactly gardening-related, but hey, it's something I learned. If you're ever in Andersonville, don't miss it!
4. I'm finally going to try growing an orchid. After getting some helpful tips from Elizabeth at Gardening While Intoxicated, I feel ready to take the plunge and get a phalenopsis orchid, apparently a beginner-friendly variety. Until now I have admired and feared these flowers from afar.
5. I need to monitor the moisture of my compost pile. Shawna at The Casual Gardener listened to my composting woes and shared her discoveries with me, particularly that composting won't go well if the pile goes dry. I'm very grateful for the suggestions (and any others)!
For more musing and Spring Fling thoughts, see Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago!