Happy Winds-day

“Winnie the Pooh: Happy “Winds-day”, Piglet.
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!

Pale Blush Albutilon

Pale Blush Albutilon

Everything my Heart Desires

Orchard Nursery

Orchard Nusery in Lafayette Ca.

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.

Shooting Star Hydrangea

Shooting Star Hydrangea

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.

Lion's Tail

Lion’s Tail

Now I just have to find a place for everything else. But that’s the most fun, right?

Cheryl in the Garden