...that nothing much grows in my yard. That's true. Very little does. If you're a plant and you want to grow in my little backyard, there are a few rules.
- You will not be mollycoddled.
- You will get water when the skies deign it fit. The zone is semi-arid. Learn to deal with it.
- The soil is clay, lumpy and rock hard.
- I don't spray my plants with pesticides. So if your tender leaves are a meal for those nasty bugs, so be it.
- My yard has very damaging exposure to the sun.
I am lazy.I have a bad back. He is lazier. He works for a start-up.
- and a perennial
I planted an entire packet of Echinacea purpurea late last spring. A whole packet. Echinacea purpurea is all of the above and the coneflower is one of my favorites. I nurtured them, talked to them, watered them...against all my better instincts. Out of the zillions that germinated, only four young saplings survived. When I transplanted them to their final home, the leaves were attacked by pests almost immediately and before old man winter showed up, there was nothing there. But come spring, three little shoots made a brave appearance. And now I have this:
So some things do grow in my yard...just not anything anyone would want to cook with.