Dig ‘n Split Party Wrap

October 31, 2008

Last night’s forecast for Seattle: Dumping rain all Halloween morning.

My plan for this Halloween morning: Dig ‘n Split Garden party.

Result: Happy, soggy gardeners!

I woke up really early for no good reason on a pitch-black rainy day. I got up and wondered how much it was really raining. When the black sky changed to a lighter shade of grey, I knew it was wet out there. Actually, it was pouring.

Knowing that we’ve been short on rain so far this fall, I emailed all the gals planning to come to my garden party to divide perennials and told them we were still on. (I can be known to cancel an event if I’m worried about soil compaction, but since only the top 2-4″ of soil –actually mulch– are significantly wet this fall, I knew the beds would be okay.)

Halloween Dig 'n Split Party with Favors!

Halloween Dig 'n Split Party with Favors!

I headed out a little while before the party was going to start. I wanted to pull out tools, pots and yard waste bins. I wanted to clean up dog poop in some areas. And, I wanted to start doing divisions of plants as samplers to get people started. Eventually, all three ladies showed up, braving the sopping morning. It was fun to share loads of plants with them, enjoy their enthusiasm over all the options and see my overcrowded beds get a little more breathing room as we cleared various plants out.

Here’s a rough list of the prizes my guests took away:

  • Geranium m. ‘Album’
  • Geranium samobar
  • Tiarella (a couple of cultivars)
  • Rose Glow Barberry
  • Vine Maple
  • Midwinter Fire Twig Dogwood
  • Cala Lily
  • Ligularia ‘The Rocket’
  • Gunnera
  • Angel’s Fishing Rod
  • Pulsatilla
  • Sedum (many kinds)
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Autumn Fern
  • Sword Fern
  • Iris
  • Japanese Anemone
  • June Bearing Strawberry
  • Amazing Red Flax
  • Tall Garden Phlox (White and Pink)
  • Leopard’s Bane
  • Artemesia
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Donkey Tail Spurge
  • Vancouveria
  • Monkshood
  • Climbing Hydrangea layered starts
  • Japanese Maple seedlings
  • Ribes viburnifolium
  • Mahonia (came with the vine maple/left with the vine maple)
  • Seed garlic

I think that about covers it, but who knows what else they got…probably some fireweed and shotweed just for the fun of it! I like to think even with these, this is the best halloween haul anyone will get today.

Hmmm…note to self: Next year require costumes?!

Ladies, thanks for clearing the way for changes in my garden. It’s been a while since I’ve had some larger open spaces to work with. Now to take a hot shower!


  1. Willi says:

    Thanks for all the plants, Robin! I can’t wait until they grow up and I can pass them along to friends.

  2. Karen says:

    Please count me in for next time! Although maybe not on Halloween (I was kinda busy today with kid-related madness). Looks like you had fun despite the squishy weather.

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