I have to admit, I feel quite a bit of relief. Not because August is particularly great or anything- to be honest, I don’t really have any sort of feeling on August one way or another. However, it’s not June or July (true summer months to me), and we’re *thisclose* to fall. I mean, Gracie goes back to school in about two weeks and the sunsets are getting earlier and earlier. Things are definitely changing, little by little.
Fall is, hands down, my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s GORGEOUS here- the weather cools, the blue skies turn a brilliant blue, the sun is less intense, the rain tapers off… It’s such a huge relief after the summer, which seems like it might never end.
Fall is also *real* gardening season around here. Spring is fine, and all, but there’s something about autumn that makes plants very happy. I think they do better in fall than spring, except there’s a little less blooming and lot more growing. Some plants just know to bloom in spring, so they can’t be fooled by great weather and sunshine, even though they *do* respond positively to the great weather by growing like crazy.
Last summer my garden sort of wilted away, so I kept buying more and more plants to fill up the empty spaces. The ones that survived stayed puny, so I figured it’s was something I was doing. Then, in the span of a single week in fall, the garden just EXPLODED back to life and I had my hands full. I’ll never forget going out there one morning and just being knocked over by how lush and GREEN everything was. And then being overwhelmed by the work in taming it all.
Lesson learned- I didn’t add much this summer- just some seasonal plants like zinnia and sunflowers which will only last a bloom or two, and then cycle out. I know that the long lasters in my garden will probably pick up speed and take up space once the calendar flips to September and October.
But I am thinking a lot about what I want to plant come September, when the light changes and any seedlings that start won’t turn into instant crispy kindling. I’ll probably make a fairly detailed plan soon, and start ordering seeds. I also need to decide on what plants to focus on- I find that every season, I get a little obsessed with a certain plant and order tons of varieties and just go for it.
Last year it was Nasturtium, this past summer it was Sunflower and different vines. I’m not sure if I want to go crazy with Nasturtium again this fall/winter or try something new. Whatever it is, it has to be lush and colorful. Nasturtium is kinda hard to beat in that department…
We’ll see. But I’m starting to feel like there is a light at the end of this hot, humid, stormy, hazy tunnel that is summer gardening in Southwest Florida.
How is *your* garden doing?