“It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.” – W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936
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Pots bouncing back, that is. Despite the beating my poor containers took in torrential downpours mixed in with days of sweltering heat, some of them seem determined to fight back. Though their petals are slightly shaggy, these pink Gerberas did finally open, unlike the orange ones that rotted off at the base of the bloom. Perhaps the pink are more tolerant of wet conditions.
Threatened with life in the ditch along with many of its brothers and sisters, this little pink verbena (above) is once again putting out fresh green foliage and bubblegum pink blooms.
There was never any doubt that the geraniums would continue to thrive — they are the most stalwart plants in the garden and never let me down. In fact, I think I could have a geranium-only garden, there are so many lovely varieties available now. I’ve given up trying to capture the violet geranium, but it’s lovely wine coloured blossoms with coral centres continue to put forth new buds. Even the pink ‘Candy Rose Splash’ that was barely settled in its pot when the heavy rain set in has bounced back with a new flush of buds.
Even my tiny little Rhodie bed is coming along. I deadheaded all the marigolds last evening, but there are lots of new buds on them, and the coleus seems determined to flourish, despite earwigs and slugs. The small mounds of ageratum are coming back to life as well, though many of their blooms turned to mush after the rain. I do love this coleus and wish now that I’d purchased several other new colours.
So, as the quote says: You’ve got to love your garden…whether you like it or not!
As an aside, my daughters spinal surgery (disc replacement) was rescheduled for Wednesday morning and, assuming that all goes well, she should be released the following day. The marvels of modern surgical techniques! Thank you all for your good wishes.