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Colors in the shade, DIY grow lights

The honey and I have been designing our flowerbeds prior to filling them in. I’ve put in an order for some shade-loving daylilies to add color to the beds. Dallas Star, a pale pink semi-evergreen spider, at Oakes Daylilies and Orangeman, an orange spider known to go dormant, at Bloomingfields Farm are both known to thrive in part to full shade. (Edit: I’ve put in the Dallas Star order, but holding off on Orangeman due to high shipping charges.)

I’ve also submitted an order for some astilbe, Fanal and Amerika, at American Meadows. While I was browsing the site, perennial Japanese Forest Grass, such as Hakonechloa macra Aureola and Nicolas caught my eye. I am aware that this type of grass is known to thrive in shade, and I’ve been thinking of adding one or two to the front fence bed. Big Dipper Farm has a nice selection of Hakonechloa to peruse.

Finally I’ve found several YouTube videos on DIY grow light kits and stands. I’m not opposed to making my own cart, after seeing some of the steep asking prices in this season’s gardening catalogs.

My first order from Brent & Becky’s has arrived, and I can’t wait to get home to inspect them. Despite last minute changes to my order, they managed to get it to me within a week of initial ordering. I’ve always been pleased with their online store and I plan to make future orders with them.