I'm probably late with my two cents, but I agree with everyone else. Plant that baby, Gut, and every time you look at it, you'll think of your neighbor. :cheek
By the way, to root Forsythia, you don't even have to make a cutting...just set a brick on top of a low hanging limb, and it will root, then you can cut it off of its mother and dig it up.
I may just do that, queenb. Several of the bulldozed forsythia limbs are lying on the ground on my side. Then I wouldn't feel like I was "stealing" and I would have a growing remembrance of her as rosekid said. I took a great picture of her with her huge boxer before she went into the hospital, intending to give it to her, but she didn't last long enough. Every spring I could put a vase of the forsythia next to the (already framed) picture. She reallly helped me a lot with my garden and birding when I first moved in. I could tell you stooooories about her. She was something else.
Gut, I hope you got a lot some of those clippings...it sounds like there was a lot of love put into them. How sad.
I planted my tomatoes and peppers! I planted several varieties all in containers so I can take them with me when/if we move. I can't wait because nothing tastes as yummy as a homegrown tomato!
Gut, did you get those forsythia pieces into your ground yet????
I have ONE tulip that bloomed.. Only ONE. It's pathetic. I hope we don't have another cold rainy year.
Have any of you ever planted any of the steppables plants?
I have a patch of dirt between my driveway and house. Between the cement, and the white siding on the house, this area gets hot, and dried out easily. I've tried planting ajuga for the past couple of years, and it's grown fine, but not come back the following year. So this year, I want to try something different. I've thought about just planting impatiens. But I'm curious about the steppables too. I wouldn't really be walking on them, but I'm wondering if when a plant is tough enough to be walked on, if it'd also be tough enough to flourish in a tough to grow area.
Veruka, my local gardening store's magazine has 4 specific plants that are perfect as steppables and one of them discussed that very issue. If no one else answers, I'll try to see what it recommends when I get home.
eta: aha! they have it online! Try here http://bordines.com/catalog/pdf/Mag2006_pg18-19.pdf or go here http://bordines.com/catalog/MagazineIndex.html and select Cone Flowers and Walkabouts. I'm not certain if the graphic symbols are visible enough.
Thanks Broadway! I also discovered that there is a steppables website, and it does appear that they may just meet my needs. They do have varieties that spread well and are perrenials. AND, they've all been designed to be tough resilient plants. I think I'm going to need to add some to my shopping list!