Tuesday, June 9, 2015
We can learn a lot by just observing and listening. No news here, but sometimes it's worth remembering. I learned one thing about flowers from my Mom. ONE single thing. Pick a bouquet of stupid dandelions off the front lawn and bring them to her, and I'd get a big hug and kisses on the top of my head. That's about it. I began to accrue some knowledge of plants, trimming bushes and seeding lawns while in high school working at the cemetery. It was limited, but it was a start. Most of my understanding of how things grow and sustain comes from you know who. She has taught me when and how to transplant, when to trim for best results, and when to do something simple like water. And I thought all you had to do was turn on the spigot and aim. There's a science to it? Well, well. Old Mr. Gardiner, the man with the perfectly manicured lawn back on Mayfield Street, told me once to water in the evenings that way the ground stays moist all night. Makes sense. Elenka, however, claims the old man was wrong. Water in the early morning she says. That way there is less chance for mildew to form on your plants. Also makes sense to me.
These spring and summer days, I usually water in the AM.
As a matter of fact, I better go water now.
But here's a little secret.
Some nights, I pay homage to that old guy and water fighting the mosquitoes.
It's our secret.
I told you I was bad.
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I know nothing about plants, the only things I can maintain are succulents. We have a miniature pine tree at home that I just managed to kill recently.ReplyDelete
Your composition with the green background really enhances this wonderful hanging plant. Guess I'd better go out and water. . .RIGHT NOW!ReplyDelete
I wonder what kind of punishment Elenka hands out to "bad" boys. Whatever, I think you're in line to experience it. Don't you know better than to confess? Never, ever, confess!ReplyDelete
i water in the evenings just to give the ground a chance to soak it all in. the texas sun is too hot too early and will sap whatever i put out in the mornings, otherwise. :)ReplyDelete
You are a bit of a daredevil aren't you?ReplyDelete
I tend to water at night - a rebel at heart. ;-)ReplyDelete
Oh mercy--you are bad! But it will be "our" little secret.ReplyDelete
About the only thing I can manage to keep alive among plants are cacti. Anything else I'd end up killing!ReplyDelete
We are all bad. :pReplyDelete
You see, winter IS OVER.
Same debate here, personally I am for late evening or even night...ReplyDelete
Ah, feeding mosquitoes and promoting mildew? If you think that is bad, I think we need to talk. But Elenka will soon set you on the right path, I'm sure.ReplyDelete
I am an evening waterer myself. Chicken manure helps tremendously too :)ReplyDelete
I water in the morning too. That hanging plant looks like a hummingbird magnet to me!ReplyDelete
I've heard about the mildew risk, too. Around here if you get to watering too late the wind will blow it everywhere but where you want it.ReplyDelete
I water in the AM before work. I was doing it in the evening but learned not to.ReplyDelete
Water fight with the mozzies - love it :)ReplyDelete
I've accrued all my gardening knowledge from trial and error - mostly error.
These days we water when we collect enough shower water in a bucket.ReplyDelete
I bring home flowers from the supermarket every week or two and get buckets of husband points. (Tip: alstromeria look great, last a long time and are cheap.) Can't grow a damn thing myself so good for you.ReplyDelete
You are done for now. The secret is out.ReplyDelete
haha. that is funny.ReplyDelete
There is something very satisfying about gardening but it takes a lot of patience. If you enjoy it, then that's great for you. If not, well.
Watering at night runs the risk of encouraging mildew and other disease if done too often.ReplyDelete
Nice hanging pot. I just bought mine yesterday. They always look good for a few weeks then start declining as I forget to water them. Why do I do this every year?