I recently planted some marigolds for the first time in years. My grandson Nolan had went plant shopping with me and really liked them so l let him pick out some of the plants we were buying that day. They … Continue reading
It was time. While the rest of you are probably still enjoying a bountiful tomato harvest, it was time for me to pull up my withered plants. You see I am lucky to have gotten any tomatoes at all considering … Continue reading
Garden as though you will live forever william kent I love that quote, it makes me think, think about everything I put in the ground. Well at least the things that are going to stay more than a season. As … Continue reading
Here is a great project for all you gardener’s this Labor Day weekend and is something even the kids could help with. I was cleaning up my pots the other day for fall and remembered this idea I had seen … Continue reading
August is slowly coming to an end and September is right around the corner. So many people look at Fall as just the end of Summer. When in reality it is much more than that. The beginning of school, the … Continue reading
Today instead of gardening at home, since Devon, my son and his girlfriend Emily are visiting, we decided to head out for a days adventure at the beach. We headed towards Half Moon Bay and Pescadero Beach. The day turned … Continue reading
In my backyard stands a tree, a gnarled, twisted, almost bonsai shaped apple tree. Its trunk leans to the far left at almost at a 45 degree angle because of some terrible pruning at some point in its long life. … Continue reading
Peonies and Hydrangea from my Garden
Piglet: (being blown away) Well… it isn’t very happy…f-for me.
Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going Piglet?
Piglet: That’s what I’m asking myself, where? W-Whoops! P-P-P-Pooh!
Winnie the Pooh: And what do you think you will answer yourself?’
Yesterday I walked outside into the garden with Zeta, my Maltese-bichon mix beside me. Even though it was still only late August, the sky was grey and cloudy and the wind cut through me. It was a blustery day. I heard the call of geese overhead as they flew by in formation towards an unknown destination.
Zeta being the ultimate guard dog that he is at 14 lbs proceeded to bark at them. Quite satisfied with himself as they flew away, knowing it was all his doing, he trotted over to the deck and lay down.
It felt like autumn and strange to be planting summer flowers, but I put them in their places anyway. I was really happy with my purchases from the nursery the other day. Especially so with the pale blush abutilon. The flower petals were as thin as tissue paper with a beautiful center pistil. This was one of the first flowers I picked up at the nursery.
Care is very easy-use warm water and keep the soil evenly moist. Soil must be well-drained; use a container with a hole in the bottom and set it in a tray to catch excess water.
Use a liquid-soluble fertilizer on your abutilon every two weeks during the growing season in spring and summer, and don’t feed it during the fall or winter. Alternatively, use a granular slow-release fertilizer once a year in early spring.
Now all I need is my hole digging friend Karen to help me get the rest of the plants in the ground!
I know that walking in is going to be the toughest part. This is where they put “everything my heart desires”. Everything new and exciting is in this one section and arranged so beautifully. Just like I would in my garden. I’m talking about my visit to the nursery the other day and that “kid in a candy store” feeling I always get. About this time my friend Karen walks up with a cart. “Thought you might need this” she said smiling. I had basically left her in the dust when we got out of the car and went ahead. ” Yes I am definitely going to need that” I immediately put a black petunia on the cart, as she hands it to me. To that I added a pale pink abutilon. Here was also a new geranium and new version of the shooting star hydrangea. More choices than I have room for at home.
l had to leave this section and move into the main area before I spent every penny I had. I was searching for more coleus and anything interesting. I picked up a beautiful orange and yellow blanket flower for the front yard that would be a great transition to fall colors. I found beautiful coleus and those were added to my cart as well. Then Karen showed me a very unique plant she found from South Africa called a Lion’s Tail. It stands as tall as I am and grows as large as 6′, is deer resistant and needs little to no water once it is established. It is a member of the mint family and it was awesome. I really had to think about it though because this guy was going to take up a chunk of room. There were only two left and I decided as I was leaving I had to get it. Sure enough when I got home and showed Pierre he knew where it should go.
Now I just have to find a place for everything else. But that’s the most fun, right?
Cheryl in the Garden