I’m sure every one of you have been sorely missing the plant update (hah) so here you go:
As of last week, Cleopatra developed loads of buds. The buds appeared almost deep pink in color, but as they grew larger their red came out. We keep meaning to lattice Cleopatra, but she seems so content to bounce around in the breeze freely instead of being bound, helpless to a grid. Her long, prickly arms are arched over the front of the porch as though she were trying to grow to the door.
The buds nearest the full sun and in the hottest areas have burst into full blooms. They are distinctly red and velvety. If all the buds bloom on the same schedule, we’ll have explosive roses all through the end of June. Lovely. I never considered myself a rose person and I dislike rose-based scents, but I am enjoying these flowers. Plus, no maintenance!
Metal Work gave me some vegetable plants to try my hand at. After spending an hour carving out four tiny holes in my backyard, I’m convinced I’ll need to create some raised beds for successful plant life on our lot. Wade did mention the whole neighborhood is gravel a bit down, but I thought he meant something more like several yards down. It could still be coincidence, but I swear I only have enough compacted soil to hold together all the rocks! No wonder the garlic plants aren’t getting any bigger. They’ve probably grown through all the soil I set up for them and have now encountered the rock barrier.
Also in the front yard, I found this bloom today:
I don’t know what this plant is, but it has had three or four tightly wound, spherical buds growing at the top for weeks now. Every time I’ve looked, except once when it was raining, I’ve found ants congregating on the buds, so it must be tasty. Today, thick layers of this single flower showed themselves.
The pretty plants are doing well, but the grass is toast. As in toasted. Dead. Hay. I suppose we’ll have to water the damn stuff until we have enough time and money to dig it all up and properly xeriscape the area. [Pronounced zer ee scape, BTW, not zeroscape!] And we need trees, dammit. This full sun on the front of the house thing is not cool, literally.