Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not My Finest Hour

This year has not been my best when it came to gardening....life got in the way a lot this year.   But things are calming down finally!  I haven't done as much this year as I should have.  Subsequently,  my blogging had been remise.  But for whatever reason I refuse to feel guilty.  Actually, I know the reason.  I feel the minute a hobby (an activity someone does for pleasure, enjoyment, etc) ceases to be fun but filled with dread and guilt...it no longer is something you love.

I'm gonna chalk it up to ...I'm gonna do better next year....However, when I mean "next year" I mean it begins at first frost.  Here, it is usually around thanksgiving.  
The peacock next year I will not expand the tail..  My mother suggested to use permanent plantings but I am not quite in that camp.

I watered it heavily two days ago.  You see the spinklers

The morning glory has taken over the head.

The morning glories were beautiful but aggressive.

I may put in a more permanent irrigation system.


Got to find a way to control weeds.

 I, only, planted sulfur cosmos one time...two years ago...but they have been coming back year over year.
Despite my lack of attention this year...I did get a mower and put in the peacock...so it wasn't completely uneventful.

Alabama beauty camellias are blooming.


As are the encore azaleas.

 Back rose garden....I do love my mower.....
Next year I need to find a more effective way to control the weeds....don't think I haven't considered concrete!


 I have a family member who has been criticizing the gardens a great deal....I understand her motivations.  She feels I should scale it back...but I will not.  I am simply not expanding.  What my purpose for gardening and hers is different.  These gardens only are seen by visitors to the home....it's a concerted visited since the property cannot be seen by the road and is gated.  I want to do this my way and by trial and error.  I love them just the same.

I do love my 20 dollar pool fountain.  One day they will be the "Gardens of October."  Just not this year.