state of the garden: mid-September

I thought I would give a quick rundown of what’s happening in my garden as of yesterday, September 20 (I haven’t been out there today, yet.) Last week I whined about nothing sprouting, and nothing really happening. I think it’s sort of the case for September- at least this one. As much as I want it to be autumn, the truth is, we’re still completing the summer storm cycle here in Florida.

I haven’t had to water at all these past few weeks, maybe once or twice. That’s a *huge* thing, because normally I have to water my containers daily. Instead, my plants are all soggy, and seem to be begging for just a few days to dry out. I am trying to remind myself that once that does happen, it will all be worth it- at least it has in the past.

Instead of getting *more* seeds, last week I went through my two seed boxes and planted a few of the things I had- nasturtium (three more small pots), morning glories and sweet peas (tried these numerous times in the past- if they don’t go, I’m done with these particular plants and ready to move on), some seeds that came in Gracie’s kid’s gardening kit she begged for at Home Depot but never did anything with (impatiens and cosmos).

My tomato seeds have sprouted, which is great. Three of the four pots of sunflower seeds I planted sprouted, as well. The catnip is coming up nicely. I can’t tell you how much all three of my cats LOVE having a big container of catnip to bury their face in. Even my oldest, who is 15, does strange things around the catnip when she thinks we aren’t watching her.

And yesterday, one of the nasturtium seeds sprouted. For some reason, just seeing that was like the light at the end of the tunnel that I have been waiting for all summer. Just a few more weeks, it said.

I’m still waiting for my ranunculus bulbs from Burpee.

And I won’t lie- I’m still tempted by new seeds. Maybe in a few weeks. For now I am just holding out, holding on, until my regular routines in the garden become part of my daily life again. I really miss it.

I’ll get Tom to take some better photos soon, but in the meantime, here are a few photos I snapped yesterday before my swim. It’ll be interesting to look at them in a few weeks/months and see the changes.

my garden: september

Tom built the two trellises for the passiflora

bromeliad, hibiscus, hydrangea, sunflower

sunflower, bromeliad

my (mini) garden: orchids, catnip, passiflora, some gloxinia

passiflora snaking up the column on our lanai…


Comments 2

  1. misti wrote:

    The passiflora are doing great!

    The sweetpeas are a cool weather plant—try again in November/December. That’s when I will probably plant ours.

    Posted 21 Sep 2012 at 9:25 am
  2. Moosie wrote:

    😉 looks good

    Posted 23 Sep 2012 at 2:16 pm

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