Hey you. How's it going?
I took these photos about 10 minutes ago. What's pretty amazing is that here it is September 1st and the garden looks this good. That's pretty unusual for this garden. Normally, everything has pretty much peaked and would be looking really bad. I give credit to my friend, Mr. El Casco Gardener for this. Terry has given me some ideas on tweaking what I do around here and it really has paid off.
He suggested that I use a weak application of food for the flowers every week instead of just monthly. It has kept the blooms coming and coming.
All my geraniums were looking really bad. Everywhere I go around Southern California, geraniums grow prolifically, except mine. Turns out they had some sort of worm eating the blooms. I bought a spray for that at Home Depot and within a week the leaves are dark and green and the blooms are big and gorgeous.
Even the rose garden is still going. Lots of blooms still to come.
Someone wanted a full picture of this 150 year old pepper tree. Here it is. :)
My friend K of Faux Fuchsia fame wrote today about what gardening has taught her. I think the greatest thing I get from gardening is that I can lose myself while out there working. Everything that I'm worried about drifts away and I'm able to focus on exactly what is in front of me, there is a season for everything. Whether I'm pulling weeds or nourishing the soil, everything I do out there mimics life and things get worked out. Before I know it life is manageable and good again. I'm so grateful to be able to garden here. What has your garden taught you?