Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I am sure that the whole world has been waiting with bated breath to see if I was going to make good my threat of Saturday morning to launch an attack on the dastardly weeds that have encroached on my crushed granite paths and flower beds. (Well, possibly not the whole world, but maybe my loyal followers? she says hopefully) Of course I followed through! Sunday afternoon I doned my invincible armour of OFF, and laughed in the face of that pesky weed protection service. Those mosquitoes could do nothing but fly around me in futile fury, as I went to work on reclaiming my garden. Cheered on by plants that had been in danger of being overcome by wild green radicals, I battled on. Not even deterred by the heavy rain, I once again put paid to the weed invasion and brought order and serenity back to the land. It took several hours but I am nothing if not stubborn! And no, I didn't get all the roots of all the weeds, and yes, they will come back. Because you see, for whatever reason, the weeds just don't ever seem to realize who is the boss. But that would be me. And I am here to say that I may not be the best gardener, but I am pretty sure I am one of the fiercest guardians of any garden. So there. (And besides it was SO fun and satisfying getting that muddy) I love you garden.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
On a different note from the previous entry, we say a BIG HURRAY for a new season of incredible blooms, and equally delightful seed pods on the Alamo Vine. A round of seeds, on the house, for all who need them!
Friday, September 3, 2010
The Mexican Firebush is starting to get some FIRE, hurray. The formal name is 'Hamelia', and we found this one at a nursery out near Fredericksburg, but I have also seen it here, at the Natural Gardener, at The Great Outdoors and even Home Depot. It can get quite a bit bigger I understand and it gets dark purpley berries, and the leaves also get a firey-red colour in the late fall. The "fire" flowers can be this orangy-yellow colour but also more red. It really is great.
One thing to note. Mine seemed dead in the spring, and I was mourning the loss and getting ready to by a new one. Then I read that it does come back, but it takes a while, and most people are too impatient and give it up for lost. SO, I decided I was not going to be one of THOSE people, and I exercised every ounce of patience I could muster, (only poking at the ground occasionally), and low and behold it really did come back. I hope you will come to love it too.