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Monday 13 September 2010 - Filed under Gardens

Why hello internet, long time no see. I have loaded myself up with projects, I currently seem to have about four jobs. It is possible four is too many. The garden has been a bit neglected this year as a result. There are definite areas where the weeds are winning the war, but overall it seems to be doing better I deserve, considering the lack of attention. Shall we take a quick peek through the lens of a shakily held phone? It’s the best I could muster this summer.

back yard
If I stand in precisely this spot, it appears as though my garden has been tended to fairly well. You must not look around though or you will quickly see otherwise.

back yard
The plants in another area all flopped over in a rain storm and never stood upright again. They have completely obscured the path that runs through the middle of this section. I found it to be something of a charming mess though. The purplish leaves of rosa glauca and the plume poppies glowing pinkish paint a rosy picture.

Colocasia and Eucomis
When will I learn bigger is not necessarily better? I hate to admit I shelled out $20 for the hugest tuber pictured here, labeled simply “elephant ears,” picturing a towering specimen of a plant, leaves so big I could use them as beach blankets.

Instead there is this. 14″ tall perhaps?

The smaller tubers though, they have done much better. A 15 pounder chihuahua here for scale. The plants are probably 3 feet-ish, and have put out tons of matte velvety leaves. They were also unlabeled so I don’t know their variety, or if they have a fighting chance of surviving in the ground this winter, as some of my other colocasia have. To me, colocasias absolutely make the summer garden.

ensete maurelii
I bought 5 of these, Ensete maurelii at Means in 4″ pots for the bargain price of $2.88 at the top of the summer. They’re annuals for me, unless my overwintering technique proves much more sophisticated this year. I used them to cover some bald spots in the garden, and these have not disappointed, now taller than me in heels, which makes them at least 6′ tall. The three other plants I transplanted around later in the year have not done quite as well. Some are only a couple feet. What a difference timing and location make.

back yard
Speaking of overwintering, I have had really great luck with this ginger through these last cold winters. I mulched it, but other than that, there were no heroic overwintering attempts, and it has done just fine. This year it isn’t quite as big as last, but that could easily be the cool summer rather than winter damage. I wish I could identify it, but I either never had the name, or I neglected to record it. I don’t even remember planting it, but it hasn’t held my absent mindedness against me.

trachycarpus fortunei
I must have seen the spent flowers on Trachycarpus fortunei before, I know I must have, but I don’t remember the bright yellow/blue combination. It’s rather dazzling.

That’s as much as I’ve seen of summer, but what I saw I liked. I’m hoping to dig out from under this pile of work before fall passes me by, so I enjoy what’s left of the gardening season. I’m looking forward to catching up on everyone else’s blogs. It’s like back to school – I get to see what everyone else did over the summer vacation, I hope you all had wonderful summers, and that you get to enjoy summer like weather for a bit longer.

2010-09-13  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. Loree / danger garden
    13 September 2010 @ 11:39 am

    Welcome back “stranger”…the garden looks good, I like the slightly foggy effect of the phone camera (where is the fancy pants camera?). And I am very jealous of your Ensete success. All three of my more expensive plants failed miserably this year…

  2. ricki - sprig to twig
    13 September 2010 @ 11:58 am

    I was beginning to worry about you…then thought you were probably up to your ears in “plant lust” the website. Nice to have you back.
    My garden wouldn’t look that good if I worked at it full time.

  3. Karen
    13 September 2010 @ 9:36 pm

    I hadn’t checked in a while and am glad to see you back. I like the slightly off-kilter pics with light weirdness – makes your garden seem like a kind of supernatural hidey hole for tropical fairies. Or something like that! I guess I would consider bananas as annuals if I could find some for three bucks! I love the red ones especially, like the ones you have. My garden and blog are more neglected than yours and I don’t even have multiple jobs to blame. Just one, mom-ing. Hope fall brings you some respite in terms of the workload and also some time to poke around and find the path again (or not, as you choose). I weeded today for the first time in weeks, it was actually fun!

  4. Grace
    14 September 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    I wanna see more….!!! Don’t you love my whining, Megan? Your garden is fabulous, despite your busy summer. I hope you’ll post more photos when you have the time.

    You’ve been missed but of course life is much bigger than blogging. Take care. Your fans will be here when you return.

  5. Megan
    15 September 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Your garden is looking beautiful!

  6. Grace
    15 September 2010 @ 7:56 am

    Megan, I’m answering the question you posed on my blog. Yes it is a shallow vintage wheelbarrow filled with mostly succulents and a few clumps of thyme and dianthus. I can send you an up-close photo if you like. The most challenging part of the project was finding the wheelbarrow, then finding a bare spot for it. LOL Thank you for your kind words.

  7. Denise
    19 September 2010 @ 4:14 am

    Your garden looks lush enough to hide a dozen chihuahuas. So glad you posted some photos of it. I’ve lost a couple paths too this summer.

  8. Victoria
    22 September 2010 @ 6:28 am

    I know what you mean, I’ve also been too busy to enjoy the garden this summer and one can certainly see evidence of that in our little plot.
    Yours is looking good though. I also love elephant ears but have better luck with them in containers.