I Can’t Flaunt my Flowers when the Work Isn’t Done
I’m never ready. The notice comes from Tootsie that Fertilizer Friday is imminent. I haven’t planted everything out, edged the beds, started more seeds, repotted plants with tight shoes — the list is endless.
Byzantine Emperor daylily and Rose colored Pentas.
Olive Bailey Langdon
The reason I don’t use chemicals: Here a tiny skipper on Verbena bonariensis.
Usually when the best butterflies show up, I’m without a camera. This tattered beauty has obviously been here a while.
A first gardenia on a bush with yellow leaves. What to do? Let the yellow leaves shed off to be replaced with fresh green. Evergreens shed leaves in spring, not fall.
Many of the roses are in their second flush of bloom. This is called ‘Grandma’s Yellow Rose’ in Texas, one of the Earthkind Roses. We call it the Chicken Rose. Notice the ladybug?
I make lists and every night I cross off the tasks that got done. Sometimes jobs not on the list get done and added after the fact. There is an awful lot of housekeepting yet to be done before the greenhouse closes for the summer — I should say opens or empties rather than closes. Yesterday the cat was lying on one of the paths just beyond where the fogger wets the pavers, keeping cool. He will soon have to find a new cool spot.
Be sure to visit Tootsie’s blog to find the links to Flaunt Your Flowers.
Posted by Nell Jean on May 3, 2012