Share your September 2013 garden updates!
Hi everyone, happy September! This is the month where I REALLY start getting excited about the long, gentle, productive gardening seasons ahead of us.
We'll start to have a few mornings in the 70's again, and while still hot, afternoons won't be AS hot AS long. Plus there are tons of signs of rejuvenation in the garden: new growth on citrus trees, fresh active growth on desert penstemons again, and so on. Plus, it's time to start sowing a lot of seeds indoors for autumn and winter flowers and veggies. Fun stuff!
SOooo....what's looking good, or awful, in your garden? I have two things that look awful, LOL, one is to be expected: my zonal geraniums which have been limping along since the Blast Furnace started. I usually toss them, but one is an heirloom type ('Mr. Wren' with salmon blooms with white edges) and one just kept going so I took pity, LOL. They both look AWFUL, which is expected as they are happy here autumn, winter and spring not summer. Buuut, I took pity I'm keeping them going. If they can just coast for a FEW more weeks they'll have 8 or 9 months of great conditions to revive. We'll see if they make it, hah!
Another thing that looks horrible, but really shouldn't, is my prized multi-stemmed 6 foot tall plumeria 'Celandine'. She's had a bad summer this year, plagued by a broken pot and then swarms of spidermites, ack! She's shedding leaves like nobody's business and just looks sad. Hopefully she'll revive. Again, we'll see.
There, there are my early September confessions, hah.
As far as looking good, there's a ton, but let's start off with this fun aloe in bloom this week (A. glauca, perhaps??), plus a white-flowered Matucana madisoniourum (they bloom over and over and over all spring-autumn here), and the fun, delicate flowers on a sesame plant (yes, as in sesame seed, I'm finding them to be very productive and very pretty).
What's going on in your garden? We'd love to see/hear updates. Happy gardening! Grant