What about ones you’ve dug up, intending to more elsewhere but not gotten around to replanting? Ditto…they go to the ‘plant maintenance facility.’
The term comes from my husband’s brief stint years ago as a meter reader for the gas company in Santa Barbara, CA. Naturally he had the opportunity to visit a few large estates and there were electronic notations from previous readers as to the location of the gas meter, for this one particular estate the meter was found “behind the plant maintenance facility.” Yes it really was a plant maintenance facility.
He describes it as an amazing greenhouse and plant yard full of plants that would be rotated in and out of the gardens and containers surrounding the home. And maybe even a place where less than perfect specimens could be nursed back to health? That’s probably just wishful thinking on my part.
The spring of ’06 when we were working on the front garden makeover, and I was buying plants before we were ready to plant them, we christened a protected area along the driveway, cozy up next to the house, as our plant maintenance facility (above and two pictures below).
Now that I have the shade pavilion in the back garden I find that it makes a handy plant maintenance facility. It’s out of the way and can’t be seen from the street or the house.It’s a little warmer and drier than the rest of the garden and a perfect place to park my new purchases until they can be properly planted. So tell me about your plant maintenance facility….or are you (horror) one of those people who goes home and instantly plants what you’ve just bought?