Do you have a "happy place"? I do! It's the garden center! :)
And like most gardeners, I can't resist picking up an unplanned plant purchase or two while I'm there.
It makes me happy!
Last year, I purchased just one candytuft (iberis sempervirens). I had never grown this plant in my garden, and wasn't sure where I could plant it. My cart was already full, and my husband was patiently waiting for me to complete my selections and get to the ever-growing check-out line. (I know how he feels. When we go to the auto parts store, I patiently wait for him, and am oh-so-happy when we leave!)
I didn't have time right then to get more, because that would have required a decision of where they could be planted. But one plant can always be squeezed in somewhere! At least, that's how I rationalize it when I'm in my happy place.
So, I quickly put one in the cart. Looking at its beautiful white blooms made me happy, and finding a spot to squeeze it into my garden made me happy, too. But eventually the blooms faded away, and I forgot all about my candytuft.
Until this week.
This week, my candytuft has made my garden a very happy place. It is blooming at the same time as my early irises. They look so pretty together, and my garden almost glows as the white of the low candytuft plays off the white of the taller irises.
Candytuft grows in zones 3 or 4 through 9 in full sun to partial shade. It is great for rock gardens, and I think it has found its own happy place next to the sidewalk in my garden.
But this one little plant, blooming so beautifully, has made me realize that I need more. One is jut not enough! Several lining the walkway would look much, much better.
I guess you know what that means! I will just have to go to my happy place - the garden center - again! :)