This week I finished doing the “recovery” gardening from TS Debby. One super happy surprise was that the Mimicry plant that I assumed was absolutely a lost cause started to regenerate itself. I’m fascinated by that process, to be honest, how plants can come back from literally nothing. My salvia also sprung back to life- after being nothing but a brown stick in the soil for a few weeks (which I was too lazy to pull), it suddenly sprouted with tiny green leaves. I guess TS Debby’s rain had some magical plant juice in it.
I also worked a bit on the butterfly garden. My seed order came in from Renee’s, so I set to planting them. I also decided it was time to put the Nasturtiums to rest – I still have about five more, but they were either planted very late in the season and still in the early stages (and I don’t know if they will make it through the summer but it’s worth a shot…) or they are tucked in planters with other plants and managing to stay out of the direct sunlight.
When we stopped at the nursery to pick up more fertilizer (I use Dynamite- not organic, but it REALLY helps the plants get through the Southwest Florida summer!) I found two new Coleus. While they are not copper, which is the Coleus I’m always on the look out for, they are a beautiful yellow/red variation and were only a $1 each, so I happily took them home with me.
And my second potted hibiscus went crazy with five blooms. Pretty exciting since I wasn’t expecting it. I have to admit, walking back there and seeing that giant yellow flower beaming up at me made me instantly happy. Plants have that effect on me…