I got ready very quickly and got to the Herb Sale at 10:20 a.m. There were still some herbs left. I had brought two empty flats with me, and filled one. I got a little bay tree, salad burnet, a nutmeg geranium, poppies (not that kind), lemon grass, heliotrope, pineapple mint, patchouli, bee balm and lovage. I planted most of them either in pots or in the herb garden. I put one of the bee balm plants by the end of the drainpipe, where the spearmint has naturalized. The bee balm is native to North America, and also in the mint family. I hope it takes there. We've had cardinal flower there, though I haven't seen the leaves of that yet. Both bee balm and cardinal flower have flowers that attract hummingbirds.
It's been a few years since I had patchouli plants and lovage. I missed the Herb Sale last year. Either I didn't get up in time, or it felt like it would be too overwhelming or both. This year I felt better. I've gotten field poppy or Shirley poppy seed for some years in a row, but when I remember to plant it, apparently the birds get it all.
I need to figure out where to plant the heliotrope. I want to put it in one of the bigger pots so you don't have to bend over far to smell the flowers. If it's happy, it will bloom for much of the summer. I had planted everything else, and then it started to rain, so I went inside.
'Mme. Ernst Calvat' is in bud. 'Kronprinzessin Viktoria' is leafing out. I wasn't sure if it would, but it's still alive. It's gotten through two winters in a relatively small pot. They were mild winters, but apparently it's hardier than I thought it was.
A few hours later: The sun had come out again, so I went back out and planted the heliotrope. I got ambitious and planted the last of the pansies, too. The only thing that I got this spring that hasn't been planted yet is the spicebush, and I only got that a few days ago. We're thinking of planting it near the Red Rose of Lancaster. At least I got all the herbs I got today planted. We sprayed them with Deer-Off.
The white lily-of-the-valley is in bloom. The pink lily-of-the-valley in the shade garden has leaves, but no flower stalks. The white lily-of-the-valley is in full sun. The sweet woodruff is blooming. The bud of 'Paul Neyron' that was bent over in transit is not only showing color, but has its sepals lowered. Perhaps it will bloom after all. It has another bud in among the new leaves. We sprayed several of the roses, including that one, with Deer-Off.
Sometime I'll make a list of all the fragrant plants I have. The list varies depending what I've bought and what's been eaten by animals or otherwise died. I do have a pretty good collection of garden plants with scented flowers or leaves.
Later: I finished up an editing job.