The patio garden is so lovely right now with all the rain. It has also been cool which is unusual this time of year.
But the pansies and Johnny Jump Ups have been cut back because they are soon to bid their adieu.
I Very Rarely Fertilize My Plants:
I have not fertilized at all this year. Last year I fertilized the vegetables, but this year I didn’t plant any.
Many people ask me about fertilizing, but I actually very rarely add fertilizer in my garden.
These Gerbera daisies are stealing the show in their pots with the pansies cut back. They are reaching up and out to be kissed by the rays of the sun.
Wild Morning Glories:
The first wild morning glories are blooming now.
They come up all over the patio and thus have become almost like weeds.
I pluck them out of the dirt where I don’t want them climbing and transplant them to other pots.
The red Mandevilla vine is producing lots of blooms. It grips onto and winds around the trellis and over the fence.
More Gerbera daisies are forming and beginning to slowly unfold.
I think they are beautiful when they are tucked up tight like a fetus growing in a woman’s belly.
I am having to cut all the petunias back because they became leggy and needed to be rejuvenated.
They will grow compact and produce even more blooms when they’re cut back on a regular basis.
Lots Of Rain:
Rain, there’s been so much rain.
That has been the only fertilizer I need right now. I don’t like to add something foreign to the soil unless I have to.
The red geraniums have many blooms about to open. They look almost like clusters of grapes.
Did You Know That Geraniums Are Edible?
The leaves and flowers of scented geraniums are edible. Because of the essential oil in their leaves they give a fine aroma to meat dishes, salads and desserts.
Scented geraniums can be added to fruit jelly. Two or three leaves of rose-scented geraniums are delicious with berries and currants. Just pour hot jelly into jars with a few scented geraniums in them.
Purple In My Garden:
The dark purple petunias are a vision layered over one another. I always want purple petunias of various shades in my garden.
Why You Should Deadhead Flowers:
I go outside with Charlie and tend to my many pots. Deadheading flowers. Cutting back leggy plants. Transplanting small seedlings into other pots.
It is my place of peace and relaxation where I sit and stare at the beauty nature has given me to nurture.