If Emily Dickinson had Home Depot

“Whose are the little beds,” I asked,
“Which in the valleys lie?”
Some shook their heads, and others smiled,
And no one made reply.

“Perhaps they did not hear,” I said;
“I will inquire again.
Whose are the beds, the tiny beds
So thick upon the plain?”

“‘T is daisy in the shortest;
A little farther on,
Nearest the door to wake the first,
Little leontodon.

“‘T is iris, sir, and aster,
Anemone and bell,
Batschia in the blanket red,
And chubby daffodil.”

Meanwhile at many cradles
Her busy foot she plied,
Humming the quaintest lullaby
That ever rocked a child.

“Hush! Epigea wakens! —
The crocus stirs her lids,
Rhodora’s cheek is crimson, —
She’s dreaming of the woods.”

Then, turning from them, reverent,
“Their bed-time ‘t is,” she said;
“The bumble-bees will wake them
When April woods are red.”

April 7, 2009
Weather: warm & sunny should reach 70’s (We were in winter hell–now it’s like we’re in Spring Heaven–what good deed did we all do to deserve this?)

Synopsis: Family coming for visit–gardening on hold…but last night…Home Depot…new Magnolia..plant at lunch…this weekend…plant the fields for hay.

If Emily Dickinson had ever seen a Home Depot, she would have been amazed. Last night my husband and I went to get our supplies to plant our back planter. We needed Peat Moss, fertilizer sticks, sprinkler hose and heads, stakes, and brown felt. (Why do they make white felt?)

While there, I browsed around at all the flowers and took pictures of them and their tags so I could study them later and decide what I want to buy.

I knew I was looking for a Magnolia to go with my Forsythia on the East side of the house–(I’d read that Emily had one) and there was a beautiful 10 gallon one with white blooms sitting among its many brothers and sisters.

It was like love at first sight. Its pot was broken as if someone had tried to pick it up, but it was too heavy. Whew! Thank goodness no one else got it! (Mine is the one on the left of the picture with the broken rim). Isn’t he cute?


These Royal Star variety do well in cold climes–like ours. They grow to about 15 feet and, supposedly, have fragrant blooms. Mine is already starting to bloom–I’ll take pictures when we transplant it.



I took a lot of pictures, but these are the things I’m going back for after studying them at home.

Cordyline–or “purple grass” as I call it.



Sandwort–it says it blooms Spring and Summer in full sun–I’m thinking in front of the house around the trees.



Daisies: I thought I was going to plant Forsythia on the second tier of my back planter, but found the bushes I had called Forsyth Weekend–may grown to 10′. Therefore, they’re going to the East Side where I had intended there be Forsythia. I think Daisies and Tulips would be good there instead.




I thought this one was funny–since I’ve already written about how I feel about ticks…where did they come up with this name?!?


I thought this was cool–red bark that doesn’t lose its color. I’m going to bark over the planters, and my one complaint is that bark loses its color so fast. Has anyone had experience with this product?


It may be a couple of days before I can plant the flowers. We’ll get the Magnolia in the ground tomorrow at lunch, though, and post pictures around Wednesday.

Happy Gardening!

3 responses to “If Emily Dickinson had Home Depot

  1. We use their black color mulch, color guaranteed to last … It doesn’t, sad to say. Though it fades a little, it perks up with a light raking every now and then, turning it all over a bit. I like the purple ornamental grass you picked, it adds a nice texture to the landscape. Home Depot’s great this time of year, oh, the possibilities 🙂

  2. emilydickinsonsgarden

    That’s too bad–I wondered if it would last. I guess we’ll stick with the regular bark and have them bring in a truck load. I love Home Depot right now! It’s the one time of year I like it as much as my husband does!

  3. “Loved dog; merely tolerated her sister’s cats”. Maybe I should look into this. I can do the shasta daisy, the coreopsis and the cordyline.

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