Notes On The Journey Through Each Day. Events and adventures, discoveries and surprises, impressions and reflections about home and garden, family and flowers, seasons and nature.
unlandscaped back yard
After moving here last spring, our backyard was nothing but bare dirt for months. In June we had the back yard landscaped, and I put in a flower garden. This was mid-June, mind you, and it was 108 to 110 degrees daily. My husband put up a tent for me to work under, so I wouldn't be burnt to a crisp, and so that I would be able to stay out there planting for more than five minutes. I planted what was being sold at that time: Mexican heather, vinca, celosia, gallardia, strawflower. Most either died back or stopped flowering after a month or two, except the vinca and celosia. The frosts of fall and winter put a stop to those. When I examined my
putting in the flower garden
garden a week ago, the Mexican heather is green-
ing up, and all the vinca plants that I thought died
have green leaves growing on the brown stems.
The gallardia and strawflowers have suddenly re-
appeared and are budding. Last spring I bought flowering bulbs (daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips) that are sold in pots at the grocery store. When they died back, I stored them in the garage all summer in the 110 degree heat and planted them this fall. Almost all are coming up!