How do I know? Because I can hear it gurgling and his noxious emissions are paint off the wall worthy. My eyes are watering.
Another plant that I regularly rescue from the lawn is English Plantain. I know many consider it a noxious weed but I have a fondness for it. It reminds me of home, and its neat little clumps of sword shaped leaves and dainty pollen laden flowers that dance on the slightest breeze makes it an attractive alternative to ornamental grasses in the garden.
It is reliably perennial and also has medicinal uses, one of the main ones being a tea brewed from the leaves being a highly effective cough medicine apparently (I have to admit I have never tried it).
Any apprehension that they weren’t going to get on soon dissolved. Flossie fell head over heels the minute she laid eyes on him and it would appear that the feeling is mutual.Flossie and Skeeter
I was checking on my containers this evening and found a Ladybug on the Dianthus, and I quickly picked her up and took her to the tomato plants. To my delight she wandered around for a while and then started chowing down on the aphids like a starving man at an all you can eat buffet. I love Mother Nature!
By the way, I know there are a few aphids on there but hopefully the ladybugs and their babies will be along momentarily to take care of them. (If they don’t show up soon I’ll just knock the aphids down with some soapy water before they can do too much damage).
Also the broccoli is coming along nicely.
Although I have to admit that I am concerned that it is going to get too hot for them in the near future and they will bolt. If that looks like it is going to happen I will just harvest them as they are bound for my husband’s nightly salad anyway. I can’t wait to go out there in the evenings and graze on the goodies growing. It is my favorite kind of dinner, picked and eaten right out there in the garden.
My husband’s school’s FFA chapter held another plant sale this week and they had reduced their prices yet again and now a 36 plant flat was only $3.00. Well what is a girl to do? I ordered a flat of red Marigolds, a flat of purple Salvia and a flat of Ruellia. Today I spent most of the day getting the plants in the ground or in my containers. They didn’t have a full flat of Ruellia so they made it up with three quart pots of Lantana “Buttercup” which really worked with my purple and gold theme. Anyway when I counted up the empty flats today I calculated that between veggies and flowers I have planted 650 plants. Methinks it is time to sit back and watch it grow.
First up the containers are filling in nicely. First up Purple and Gold
Next Red, White and Blue
Next front bird bath bed
The shade bed
The bed on the far edge of the patio
Finally the bed the other side of the patio
Flowers, flowers and more flowers if this doesn’t keep the bees and butterflies happy then I don’t know what will.