Thus far, this year, I got the above along with dianthus, saxifrages, gaillardia and viola. These are all apparently perennial. So, next year that small corner should be full of flowers from the early spring onwards as I have also planted some daffodil, cardinal blue, cardinal lobelia, monarda and crocus.
It is amazing that within just two years of gardening I have learned so much about plants, garden and flower. Can you believe that I only knew names of two flowers (in English; I knew some more in my mother tongue) -- rose and sunflower!! But what do you expect from someone who grew in the middle of one of the world's largest metropolis -- Calcutta -- with 20 million inhabitants. I literally grew up in the jungle of concrete and cars. As I would look out of the windows, in my childhood, all I would see are tall houses, cars and buses either standing tail-to-tail or trying to navigate the roads along with humans, stray-dogs and cows, TV antennae jutting out of roof-tops at askew angles trying to get the best reception and TV, telephone and electric wires and cables creating a maze overhead. Standing on the verandah of the city-apartment, that little girl kept on dreaming about nature, hiking, trekking, adventures and exploration. At the first opportunity she left all her friends, families, relatives behind, as a teenager, to explore the big world. Her exploration is still going on, and she jumped in to navigate the world of bees and butterflies, compost and mulch, vegetable, fruits and flowering plants, native and invasive plants, weeds and fertilizers as soon as she and her partner bought their first house three years back.
So, this blog and all the pictures are part of journals of my discovery and journey into the gardening-world :-).