A Year of Flowers: February12:44:00
If only you could see the sorry sight that are the garden beds in their current state. A far cry from the happy Sunflowers below blooming at the beginning of February that's for sure.
Its comforting though that I can actually pinpoint and blame the weather, well mostly, for the myriad of failures. The biggest one being the Dahlias. It was a promising start with eight tubers sprouting but now only one of them is flowering.
Many plants are just holding on and Im select watering most evenings on which plants are struggling the most. Without any rain in sight its kind of disheartening too, but I am also mindful that we are moving and I dont need to spend too much time on the garden when Im not going to be here to enjoy it. You know what I mean? Im pretty much in 'that'll do mode'.
However the mind never stops ticking of course and I am starting to plan for the move and what id like to transfer to garden beds at the farm. These beds dont exist yet of course!! I am also ready to start propagating from a few of my favs and then trying to remember where the pretty coloured Iris's and Daffodil bulbs are buried. Hmmmmm!!! Hopefully this weather cools down soon so I can get cracking.
In the meantime, here is what was flowering in my garden in February. Here's to Autumn and cooler days. Wherever they may be!!!!
The Crepe Myrtles are still looking great.
These Marigolds are loving the heat and are a standout as they are so bright and colourful.
The Petunias and Dahlia's that havent stopped blooming.
All I have to show for all my efforts on the Dahlia front this year, besides the little ones out in the pot in the backyard are two big flowers. They are opening very, very slowly. So slowly in fact that I think earwigs are eating the outer petals before they are going to be fully opened. What the?? I still smile when I walk past them every day as they are my pride and joy. Im very hopeful as you can imagine. You should have seen the beautiful specimen of a Dahlia last night at Garden Club. It was a dusty pink colour and the flower head was bigger than my hand. Amazing!!
Another star performer in the pretty pink Gerberas.
I love the mix of the Basil and Cosmos in the veggie patch. The bees love them too and I will be collecting the seeds very soon.
A standout amongst the bare patches and struggling roses at the front of the garden bed. My neighbour dug up a few last year and all of hers have flowered this year too. They are like a mini little Clivia or Lily. Anyone know??