There is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Monday, June 18, 2012
After a humid hot yesterday, this morning brings sweet cool breezes. I love turning off the air conditioning and opening the windows! I have to get rather uncomfortably warm before I turn the air on in the first place. But really, a cup of coffee on a summer morning is just meant to be enjoyed with unconditioned air.
I'm a bit frustrated with my gardens at the moment. The berry patch is thriving and I'll tell you about my shameful few veggies later. My container herb garden is thick and green and could anything smell better? So it's really not my gardens, it's my berm. Argh you berm!!!
Two of the little shrubs we planted didn't make it. Probably a soil acidity mismatch, possibly those chipmunks who are growing less cute by the day. An entire flat of annuals croaked and this was chipmunk sabotage with a little help from a certain hound dog who enjoys a daily walk around the berm and a nap in the dirt.
My marigolds even wilted, aren't they supposed to be fool-proof?
Oh, and the ornamental grass? It's dying slowly. The Mr. denies it but it is. Again, I suspect that the chipmunks and the hound dog are contributing to the inhospitable growing environment.
What I really want to do is pull out all of the browning and wilting plants and run to the nursery to purchase more stuff to plant. But there is not a bottomless berm fund from which to draw and alas, I must rein myself in. Ironically, you wanna know what's thriving? Not the expensive English Gardens annuals. Not the expensive ornamental grass ($18/plant.) Nope. It's the clearance plants! The mostly dead geraniums that I stuck into my window box and the mini petunias that were barely green are lush and lovely. And my gabera daisy? I ACTUALLY HAVE A NEW BLOSSOM ON MY GABERA DAISY! And they said it couldn't be done! I paid $1 for that sucker and all of the online wisdom says it is an impossible plant to maintain.
Actually, in my yard, marigolds from English Gardens are the delicate breed.
Well, I'm not going to rush out to spend money not budgeted for more plants. I'm gonna head out there shortly and pull some weeds and do a little outdoor housekeeping and let it go. The Mr. has been giving the plants a good soaking daily with the sprinklers and I'm going to give it a Weed & Feed today and that's that.