I don't know about you but I've had a horrible time concentrating on anything of late. The political situation is calmer, albeit not without tension. The Coronavirus news is still bleak, although the rate of new infections here finally seems to be falling. I've spent all too much time online chasing down leads on vaccinations, only to have those searches come to nothing. And, feeling like every departure from the safety of my home and garden contains more risk with new variants of the virus circulating, I've been foregoing all non-essential trips. I haven't been to my local garden center since mid-December and, in addition to going stir-crazy, I'm out of even basic supplies like potting and planting mix.
Yesterday, I tackled a couple of small projects I thought I could handle with materials I had on hand. I found a package of moss a friend had given me so I decided it was time to do something about the sad cat topiary the same friend gave me years ago.
|I took the wire frame apart, pulled out the old moss, and stuffed it as tightly as I could with new moss, thoroughly soaked, before rewiring the frame together|
After running out of patience with the topiary project, I turned to an easier project, replanting the hanging basket affixed to the screen on my south side patio. I'd emptied the basket of its sad contents several weeks ago but I couldn't think what to plant there. It occurred to me that the Mangave 'Bad Hair Day' I'd removed from the succulent bed in front of the garage might be happy there. I have two other, healthier specimens of the same Mangave and this variety is definitely happier in a pot than in the ground.
I cruised the garden this morning to check what's happening, toting my camera along and clicking photos between dead-heading and watering seedlings and other things that looked thirsty. My irrigation system is off but, with very sandy soil, some plants need a liquid infusion even just ten days after a decent rainstorm. In any case, here are the highlights of my ramble through the garden.
|In contrast, Anemone coronaria 'Lord Lieutenant', purchased from the same company but shipped and planted weeks earlier, are much more satisfying|
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' already thinks its spring|
|A couple of daylilies have made appearances as well. This is Hemerocallis 'Russian Rhapsody'.|
|The Osteospermums have flourished since the return of cooler temperatures and a little rain. This Osteospermum '4D Silver' stood out in part because of the way that the inner petals cast shadows on the outer petals.|
|The ornamental pear (Pyrus calleryana) never dropped all its leaves and is still dropping its annoying fruit but it's now covered in flowers that looked particularly pretty against our clear blue skies|
There's no rain in sight and the weekend is expected to sunny, warm and dry, conditions I expect will make gardeners in much of the Northern Hemisphere envious. While acknowledging my luck in the weather department, I still wish we had some rain in the forecast. Our seasonal total (counting from October 1st) is just 2.74 inches, which is pitiful. On the bright side, though, today I nabbed COVID-19 vaccine appointments for my husband and me for late next week! Maybe that'll improve my focus and my outlook moving forward.
|The rain brought out the moss that covers this dirt path every year. How long it'll last will depend on how much more rain, if any, we get.|
Whatever your weather, enjoy the weekend!
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