The question is: How did I end up with all these pink zinnias?
I didn’t order pink zinnias. I specifically ordered a packet of deep purple and a packet of gold zinnias.
I so loved the yellow-gold zinnias I planted last year. But even way back in the spring the seeds were already sold out.
But of course everything is sold out this year. Anything having to do with “home” goes about as soon as it’s listed. And that includes outdoor items.
I had to wait weeks to find a desk and a chair.
I recall I ended up at the Lowes website after looking everywhere else, finally found a chair I liked and put it in my Cart. Then I paid with Paypal.
A few minutes later I was still idly looking at the site and saw a chair I liked better.
So I called and asked how I could switch to the second one, as I already had it in my Cart. They explained that the charge might take a few days or more to be taken off, but in the meantime I could still order the second chair.
I feel it’s safer oftentimes to pay with Paypal and then just pay that bill instead of always using my debit or credit card. Hackers get more creative every day it seems.
Anyway so I rushed back over to my Cart, clicked on Buy, and it was sold out. In those maybe five minutes it had sold out.
I was so disappointed. So I had to start my search all over again.
It was frustrating putting things in my Cart at various sites, only to find they were already gone when I went to pay for them. I rushed through various sites every single day for weeks trying to buy a desk and chair.
It felt a bit like eBay where I used to bid on items and wait to see if I got outbid and then cheering when I sometimes got the item I’d bid on.
Anyway, back to the zinnias. I’m a little disappointed that I did not get the colors I planned on. I was looking forward to deep purple flowers. But to me any zinnia is beautiful, plain as it may seem to some.
Zinnias are just your garden variety (literally) plant that can handle sun better than many other plants.
Except this year even the zinnias look poorly at times.
I was surprised that this year I was already losing plants to the heat in May. May! When before it was always at least July or August.
The petunias above filled out the 2 raised containers so nicely. And they were so beautiful. But before I knew it they were burned to a crisp. And that was despite one of the containers being in partial shade and my diligently watching over them and watering when needed.
No doubt about it, folks, it is getting hotter every year. I can recall where on the patio I’ve placed container plants in the 6 summers I’ve lived here. And I’ve ended up moving them back farther and farther toward the tree branches that hang over my fence.
I could quickly see that my two trees in containers, Jade the Gingko Biloba Butterfly tree and my lovely Japanese Maple, were getting their leaves scorched in the sun. So they’re now mostly in shade and doing quite well.
One of the best decisions I’ve made was to put a few trees in containers to enjoy.
I’ve decided next spring things will be different. I’m ordering seeds for flowers that are plentiful like the zinnias. And maybe I’ll end up with the right colors.
I spent a good bit of money on pansies that didn’t make it a month, which was a huge disappointment.
I’ve added every year to my perennials. I think I have enough now I won’t need any more unless we have a bitterly cold winter and they don’t come back. Adding perennials is a very good investment in your garden. They cost a little more, but it’s worth it because they come back year after year.
Next year I will plant seeds among the perennials instead of buying annual plants at the nursery.
I have plenty of sedum (succulents) plants scattered around the patio. And they typically come back year after year.
Unfortunately my yellow rose plant is looking pretty scorched and I’m afraid I might lose it.
I can’t move it because it is in the heaviest pot on my patio and I don’t know if there are plant caddies even big enough to put underneath it. And even if there are I certainly couldn’t lift it. I’d have to have someone else to do it, and that would be one heavy plant for just about anyone.
And where would I move it to even if I could? There’s mostly sun on the patio except for about 5 feet over by the other side of the fence and I’ve already got plants packed in there I’m trying to save.
This is the first year that the leaves are turning brown and tired. The rose bush briefly put out blooms and then stopped despite my adding organic rose fertilizer to it. It’s in the corner by the gate where I thought it would do well.
The vegetables I planted from seed have done much better than the ones I bought as plants. The ones from seed look much healthier. The cucumber leaves are about a foot wide. While the cucumber plant I bought is looking kind of sickly.
I’ve used jute to tie more of it up nearly every day. It would trail into the bird bath and along the concrete. I didn’t really think through putting a tall piece of garden art next to the tub it’s in to use to lift it up instead of buying something more appropriate.
So I just keep getting creative and tying it up every which way to hold it up, as you can see from the above photo.
I’m quite pleased with all the perennials in my blue raised garden. So there’s that. I’ve had this raised garden about four years and now I’m only having to add a few annuals to fill in the gaps.
So how are things going in your garden? Is the sun doing your plants in?