recovery gardening

Tropical Storm Debby

This past week we had an unexpected visitor: Tropical Storm Debby.

As someone who lives on a tiny barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico is aware, it could have been so much worse. But we still got a bit battered.

And my garden took a bit of a hit. Like I said, it could have been worse, but I did lose a few plants, seedlings, and everything is not only soggy, but a bit torn up.

The last few days I have been doing what I call “recovery gardening”. I *hate* this particular bit of gardening. It’s when you go out there and work for hours trying to get everything back to where it was BEFORE the storm came. Usually hours of gardening will result in lots of new plantings, clean pavers, neat and groomed plants, etc. But when it’s recovery gardening, it’s all about spending days trying to restore things back to some shade of how things were just a few days earlier.

I’m very glad, though, that I scaled down for summer. Because this storm would have been the last straw for TONS of plants that I hesitantly chose to send into the “garden in the sky” in late spring because they were on their last legs. I tried to remember last summer, and how hard to was to constantly watch the decline of certain plants every day.

ANYWAY, onward and upward. I’m almost done recovering things and starting to think about what I can plant and do in the garden for the next few weeks, when the temperature is super high and it’s extremely humid.

I’m looking towards the hummingbird/butterfly garden I have on the side of the house. Right now I have a miniature rose, two shrimp plants, some vincas in sprout form, two pentas, and a crazy Black-Eyed Susan vine. I also have a large planter of zinnia seedlings that I’m going to put out there when they get large enough that the birds won’t pluck them out, which they did with my last three pots of zinnia seedlings!

I looked at Renee’s Garden, which is one of my favorite seed companies, and made a little shopping list:
– Four O’Clocks: Broken Colors
– Salvia: Coral Nymph
– Moonflower Vine
– Scented Nicotiana (Jasmine)

So, maybe I can get that going, and have something new to watch grow and learn about this summer. I’ll keep you posted…

What are *your* mid-summer garden plans?

Comments 2

  1. Misti wrote:

    I had broken 4 o’clocks in Florida—loved them! I also loved Nicotiana.

    Oh, man, I got the worst feeling in my stomach when I saw Debby might have been coming—I was glad I didn’t have to move plants inside like we did in FL with our containers, but man I was really not happy thinking about cleaning up a garden.

    Thanks for taking the storm for us!

    Posted 30 Jun 2012 at 12:06 am
  2. Moosie wrote:

    Glad that’s the only damage you had!

    Posted 13 Jul 2012 at 12:38 pm

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