|Earlier this year, when the gardens were lush.|
It has not been the greatest season for these two little gardens of mine, the rock and sun garden. The cool weather and ample rain has left them looking sad and a bit stunted. The sun garden last year at this time was incredibly lush and spilled into the walk. Twice, sometimes three times a week I would thin out the garden, ensuring the plants didn't choke each other out and that the walk was passable. The Lantana was huge and bloomed profusely.
|The sun garden last year.|
The rock garden was also stellar. The previous year I had cleared out bags full of weeds and began editing plants that simply didn't seem to fit. Last year the garden was much tidier and the plants I installed thrived. The little annual succulents grew big and strong. In fact, by the end of the season I planted a few in clay pots to take home; they were just too wonderful to let perish over the winter. This year though the gardens are just fine.
|Saving succulents from the coming winter.|
I will tell you more about Angela, the newest gardener once she gets herself situated a bit. But I will say this, she is a gracious lady. When we stood by the gardens that evening I saw them through her eyes. I knew they were not terribly impressive. I had not added new annuals this year at the same rate as I had last year. Couple that with a less than desirable summer for drought loving plants and the gardens looked neglected despite tending to them several times a week. I was embarrassed as a gardener and as the coordinator of the Adopt-a-Plots.
|The sun garden, earlier this summer.|
|The rock garden last year with new annual succulents.|