I decided this week I have had just about enough of being a “passive summer gardener”- sitting by and just LOOKING at my plants and flowers as they survived the summer.
So what I did was re-organized the garden. One of the benefits of being a container gardener is that whenever the whim strikes, I can re-arrange my entire garden simply by moving the containers around.
I didn’t do *too* much shifting, but enough that it felt like my garden was refreshed, and I had a chance to REALLY see how everything was doing, and what needed attention and what didn’t. It felt great to have so much to do! I’ve been out there for at least an hour every day this week, usually more than that.
I wound up repotting a BUNCH of plants (a couple of the bromeliad, two of the hibiscus, some geranium, one of the hydrangea, the bonsai, the camellia, etc.), refreshed the soil in a bunch of planters, watered some plants thoroughly (heat+lightly damp soil+no rain = baked dirt patties), moving a bunch of stuff around, Tom planted one of my large hibiscus (Sprinkle Rain Apricot) in my front garden, and I sent one group of plants to the “no garden zone” on the side of the house near the pool equipment.
Before you get sad on behalf of that banished planter, know that it will receive a tremendous amount of sun, have tons of room to grow uncontrollably, and will be watered regularly from the drip system out there. The reason I had to annex it is because the planter contains two plants which I can no longer control in a container environment- an asparagus fern, which is just CRAZY (its roots are equally as crazy) and some weird succulent plant group that Gracie brought home from camp.
When Gracie brought home the succulent thing, it was just a pot with dirt in it. So I watered it and just let it be. Within a few months, whatever the heck she planted in there turned into a group of three feet tall succulents. They were lovely, but on the edge of every leaf were little ruffles of TINY TINY succulents which would fly off every time I watered or pruned or BREATHED on the darn plant. The tiny succulent ruffles would fall onto the ground, into the cracks between the pavers, and within a few days I’d have hundreds of tiny succulents growing all over the pavers. When I moved the planter, there were hundreds of small plants growing behind it.
I don’t know what the heck it is, and I am hoping that Gracie’s camp teacher didn’t send them home with some invasive species, but I had to move it somewhere where it can shed and spread as much as it likes. The hard dirt/stone area by the pool equipment is a good place for it. I just hope it doesn’t, like, take over the neighborhood because I can see that happening.
It’s funny because here on Marco Island, we have a LOT of cul-de-sacs, and on that little roundabout in the middle of them there are a lot of VERY LARGE plants in various pots and planters. I always wondered who the heck would just abandon a plant on a cul-de-sac, but now I sort of get it. I can totally see someone having one of these crazy succulent things only to sneak out with it in the middle of the night and abandon it on town property to grow as wild as it likes. I’ve never done that, but I *get* it.
I never throw out healthy plants, I can’t bear to do it. But I can just see someone with a tiny balcony on a condo having a potted plant that turns into a massive bush/tree and not knowing what to do with it. Behind the pool shed at the condo I lived at before I moved into this house, there were a BUNCH of trees growing out of tiny pots. I guess abandoning plants is pretty common down here.
Anyway, there was a bunch of room and a few empty planters, so I ordered two new dwarf hibiscus: Cosmic Dancer and C’est Bon. They arrived yesterday afternoon and I potted them this morning. Hopefully they’ll bloom soon. Emerald Goddess Gardens, where I got a bunch of other hibiscus from, sends plants that are in the process of blooming, so I never have to wait too long to see what I ordered.
Hopefully I’ll have blooms to take photos of and share soon!