Happy in my element.
(photo credit: Octavio Arizala)
I'm starting to feel like the side garden is looking to overcrowded and messy. While I do strive for the look of an English Cottage Garden, I think mine is starting to get a little sloppy. This mostly has to do with the fact that I simply have NO SPACE. Not much I can do about that, but I should probably rethink the layout of what I have going on back there. It's a continuous learning process.
Sunday morning I took all the herbs, roses and various other plants off the porch and gave it a good sweeping. I gave everyone who needed it a good clean up of dead leaves and stems that were old or chewed by the earwigs. These earwigs are becoming a problem. They are eating EVERYTHING. Today I saw them making edible motels out of my rose blooms. I have a bottle of organic spray, but I really need about 10 bottles with all the plants I have to get them under control.
I really didn't plan on doing any work today but, as usual, I became fixated and was out there working for a good 3 hours or so until I was hot and exhausted. It's all worth it though. When I walk by my house you can smell the fragrance of the roses and all the herbs. I love sitting on the porch in the evening drinking a cup of coffee and enjoying the aromatic combination.
It's about 4:30 pm and I just work up from a pleasant nap.
I'll close with some images that I shot around the house Saturday morning.
Heliotrope, Dark Blue
Fuchsia, Dollar Princess
One of the Moon Flowers I put in a pot.
Tomato messy-ness. You can barely see the two bell pepper plans I have in there also. Plus they are already being eaten by bugs and they aren't even ripe yet.
My white Hydrangea
Baby Angel Trumpets
Sunday morning I watched a Hummingbird drink the nectar from this Agastache. It was a beautiful site to see. Most of the time I watch them drink from the feeder, but this is the first plant I've had this year that they can actually draw nectar. (Mental note - need more Hummingbird friendly plants.)
Fragrant Plum rose and Agastache
Fragrant Plum Rose and Pincushion Flower
Ketchup and Mustard
First bloom of the second blooming cycle on the Sugar Moon. This rose smells amazing.