More Garden Chat!

More Garden Chat!

My coworker, sparo, who reads my journal and lets me know if I veer into irrelevance or run on too long (a problem I sometimes have) had two comments on my last post: "too much information" and "don't you know the English names of these plants?" Sorry, y'all. I have voices in my head that are imperfectly controlled by my tin foil hat. Maybe they speak Latin. Botanical Latin. This will be my new excuse for everything. It could be worse, they tell me. (Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.) Sparo is so strict. I often fall short. Probably because of the TIN FOIL HAT. How he puts up with me I don't know. Such a saintly man. Anyway! On to more garden chat! I forgot the cerinthe, which is sort of a pest. It does have an unusual and lovely flower, but its habit of growing too tall to support itself and then sluttishly falling over, rubbery limbs akimbo, makes it a less than ideal bedding plant in the light-shade bed it seems to prefer. It grows almost year round here in San Francisco, which I think is zone 9 (can somebody verify this since I'm way too lazy? Tin foil hat, you know.) and drops its big seeds (they look somewhat like morning glory seeds) everywhere. The seedlings are easily removed and do not seem to send out pesky runners, but they are very hardy and try to grow in the rock path around the flower bed. The area where my ( cerinthes ) are currently lolling is, as I said, in light shade during the winter (and almost full sun during the summer. Isn't life a vertiginous whirl of twirly planet fun here in the Northern Hemisphere?). I like the plant well enough to try transplanting some of the seedlings in a sunnier area to see if it will whip itself into a sturdier specimen in the stronger light. On the other hand, it may be perfect as a container plant. I'll try that, too. Maybe if I keep it pinched back it'll bush out and sit a little more neatly. Plus, bringing the pot or window box closer to eye level will insure that the pretty purple bracts and flowers are visible. More later. Sorry, sparo. The voices, the tin hat, you know...
Weekly Update- July 10

Weekly Update- July 10

Help me help my friend.

Help me help my friend.

my garden..then and now..

my garden..then and now..

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

this morning…

this morning…

Advice?

Advice?