The older you get the faster the days speed by.
I use to laugh when grandma said this but I am
no longer thinking it such a strange comment these
days. I know, I know, time does not really go faster.
I think it feels that way because the older I get the
more time it takes to get things accomplished.
That room I use to get painted and rearranged in
one day now take three days.
Dad use to say all the time, “Lona don’t get old”
and shake his head. Now I know the frustration he
felt at no longer being able to get all the things done
like you use to or the need of help even to get what
would have been an easy task before accomplished.
But age has nothing to do with all of the mix-ups,
confusion and small failures in my garden this year.
Anyway another week has flown by and it has been
a scorcher here in the Buckeye state. Feels like the dog
days of summer instead of the beginning of summer.
My flowers seem to be mixed up about the weather
also. Some of the zinnias are only about nine inches
tall and blooming.
Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose
And some of the seedlings I set out such as cosmos,
larkspur, and cerithe major which were doing so well
have withered and died and I just do not have a reason
to explain it. They were well watered and checked for
insects and nothing was found but I will sow more seeds
directly and try them again.
My frustration at not being able to grow certain plants
Courtesy Stokes Seeds
As lovely as that zinnia I grew is, does it look like this
picture of the Zahara Starlight Rose zinnia from the
catalog. Will it magically grow larger margins of pink?
Well just maybe as the bloom ages. We will see and
report on it later.
Also the confusion of constantly not getting the
bulbs I ordered but getting something else entirely
keeps mounting. Even the caladiums I got at the
Home and Garden Show this winter are not the white
with green veining I thought I was getting.
LOL! I have to laugh because I think I am breaking
this unrecorded record of mislabeled bulbs.
I wonder if Genuis has a section on garden bulb records?
While there are some failures in a gardener’s life there are
always those triumphs. The zinnia’s and petunias may be on
the short side, even not close to the advertisements in appearance and even very questionable but at least I finally
got some to grow for me.
Zinnia’s have been one of my seed failures for years
but I just keep trying to grow them and they are quite
pretty despite what they might have been.
Echinacea Hot Papaya
The lily I mention in my last posting in the peach and orange
flower bed was the wrong color but this echinacea makes up for it.
I do not even like orange but the Hot Papaya echinacea is
a stunner even to me.
This is its first bloom and it will really look lovely in
a couple more years as it grows in amongst the…
This beautiful Coreopsis Burnt Sienna was also
planted in front of the echinacea and achillea.
I thought they would all be so pretty together over
the years in the peach and orange bed…..
but this is what I got instead of Burnt Sienna and I
do not have a clue to this coreopsis strand. Granted it
goes alright with the other plants but this one I cannot
let pass and I will have to get in touch with the nursery
about the mix up.
Do you think that there may be hope that this yellow will
turn to a golden rust color?
Daylily Little Business
Maybe I should move these Little Business lilies to the
peach and orange flowerbed because this summer they
have lost their deeper red color and look washed out.
Strange things always seem to be happening in my
garden but this year has been a gem.
Nothing life threatening or terrible but certainly
some head scratchers.
Errors, mix-ups, mutants?
Oh, but what lovely ones to be sure.
So there are no mix-ups in that I really do believe it is Friday.
So that means it is Fertilizer Friday with Tootsie over at
So join in and “Flaunt Your Flowers'” because flowers are
Happy Gardening and Fertilizer
Friday Everyone !