Do you keep a garden diary or journal? It seems an excellent idea to keep everything in one place but I doubt I will ever be able to use a small bound book for everything I want to know about my plants and my garden! Some things I track include a plant’s:
- Nomenclature, history and culture
- Date, cost and source
- Original plant tag or seed packet
- Date and location planted
- Date and location moved (My plants need wheels! Who said that?)
- Date of demise or MIA if necessary
However, none of this info is catalogued in a nice neat packet such as a bound journal. I have used multiple methods of logging my desired info. I have lists on 3 X 5 cards, envelope backs, magnetic grocery tablets, a different blog, a desktop and a laptop. Not one year have I yet to achieve my holy grail of 52 weeks of records all in one place. I figure my best bet is to blog it all.
The info I want most to be able to access quickly over the years is what bloomed when. Each year I keep notes of what plants are blooming any given week. If I know who blooms when I figure I can coordinate my garden groupings better.
So today I begin my new bloom journal. These plants are blooming in my garden this week:
Bulbs: Narcissi ‘Poeticus’, Muscari, giant alliums, a pink tulip, Star of Bethlehem, Hyacinthoides (white, pink, purple and blue)
Perennials: Columbine, Solomon’s Seal, Thalictrum, sweet woodruff, bearded iris, Primula, Geranium, Forget-me-nots, creeping phlox, Lunaria, Ajuga, Tradescantia,Trillium, Brunnera
Shrubs/trees: Azalea, Japanese flowering quince and dogwood
I’m sure I’ll improve my record keeping and system – after all it’s a work-in-progress. How do you track your bloom times? Do you keep a garden diary or journal? What info do you list?