As most of you know, we have two wonderful new planters at the gallery with a third on the way soon (see previous post Anna Karin Gallery, Truchas, NM: New Planters!). So Anna and I headed down to Taos the other day to buy plants at the wonderful Petree’s Nursery and Greenhouses (see petreenursery.com). One of the many reasons Anna wanted to go there was the knowledge of its staff. Even Anna has questions about growing things sometimes like, what is the right time to plant some of these things? And the folks at Petree’s had answers.
As it turns out, we were too early for most of the plants we’re going to buy. So we looked around and Anna did some planning and imagining in her head. These planters are entirely up to her. My ability with, and knowledge of, plants is even more limited than my cooking skills, if you can imagine! And Anna is a master. Her gardens remind me of my great grandmother’s. She was a spectacular gardener, as is Anna. I hope to do a post about Anna’s gardens later in the summer so you can all see for yourselves. Simply put, Anna creates beauty wherever she goes. A great friend to have.
We picked up a big bag of growing mix to combine with the rich manure in the planters. One of our advisers at Petree’s said something interesting about this. She told us we didn’t want to buy soil that was too rich because, “… these plants like to struggle some.” What an interesting parallel to our own lives as human beings, I’m thinking. Because don’t we all learn more from a bit of struggle in our lives?
We also bought a wisteria vine and a honeysuckle vine. The rest will have to wait for three to four weeks, when we’ll head back down to Taos once again, to visit the good folks at Petree’s. Until then…
Love to you all,
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