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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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