Wednesday, May 31, 2017
This is the time of the year in the deep South when things tend to slow down a little bit. It's so hot and humid, the weather dictates a slower and more relaxed pace. Nothing can be planted or sown now until the heat subsides in late August-early September, so there's nothing to do in the garden but weed and water and harvest and enjoy. Oh, and there's the constant surveillance of the tomatoes, keeping a keen eye out for the tomato hornworm. We went away for the weekend and I came home to find one of my plants eaten almost down to the ground! They are voracious little creatures and when I find one, I pick it off and feed it to the fish in the creek pool. Apparently, they are quite a tasty treat, because the fish swarm in a feeding frenzy until every last bit is gone.
One of my summer projects is to document all of the flowers in my garden as they come into bloom by sketching them in my new little watercolor sketchbook. It will be good practice and will result in a sort of art and garden journal. I think I might even make notes on the back of the page about each plant and any ideas for next year such as planting some daisies alongside the yellow calla lilies. Wouldn't that be a smashing combination! I'm also experimenting with creating my own flower pots from hypertufa; a mix of concrete, perlite, and peat moss. I made two small ones yesterday and they are now curing. They have to cure for at least two weeks before I can remove them from their molds to see what I've got, and the anticipation is killing me. I'm sure I will be peeking before the two weeks is up. If they turn out decently, I'll share some photos :) I've also made a couple more kokedama like the one in the photo above, except I am now experimenting with little rex begonias I grew from leaf cuttings. So, lots of little projects going on here and there this summer. There will also be lots of sitting on the porch in the shade, sipping cool drinks, reading, floating in the creek pool looking up at the blue sky through the green bower above. Aaaaah summer. relax. enjoy. savor.