the uglies have taken over
it's not like i didn't know it was going to happen. but i feel the need to bemoan the situation anyway. my beloved & adored caladiums are as ugly and wilty right now as they are colorful, spunky and beautiful in the spring and summer. every year it is the same. but this year they lasted so well... i mean it is october and until now they have performed outstandingly. i guess it makes it doubly hard to see them go because they are everywhere and right now that makes me feel like everything is ugly.
this week in the garden has been one of those weeks. do you ever feel like every where you look there is work to do? honestly, it is as if all of a sudden what was left of the annuals are spent ... the perennials are droopy... the ginger is overgrown... the confederate jasmine is climbing into my neighbor's yard... my lawn is desperate for some rain... the asian jasmine is creeping into the flower beds... even the palmettos need to be de-frond (is that a word?)
all i want to do is plant some fall annuals and enlarge some flower beds (so i can plant more plants). BUT for the past two days i have had to muster all my discipline to stay focused on the fall clean-up. AND it is still so hot!!!! i know i speak of this in every post lately but REALLY... i need to get more work done that what the morning hours allow.
here's a quick run-down of fall maintenance checked off my list the last two days:
- fertilized the lawn with Scott's Bonus S weed and feed
- spruced up with new plants and moved to new locations some potted plants
- dug up some overgrown bromeliads to reveal some landscaping stones i couldn't see anymore.
- transplanted some clerodendrum seedlings
- marked off a grassy area on the backside of a flower bed with spray paint then sprayed the grass with round-up. next week i will remove the grass and my bed will be larger for more plants.
- cleaned out two large flower beds of caladiums; trimmed back all the impatiens and palmettos and ferns.
- cut back the mexican petunia (which is on the invasive plants list) because it can go everywhere in a hurry.
- pulled up and re-laid a pathway made of stones that had gotten out of alignment
i leave you today with some photos i took yesterday because it just wouldn't be nice to show you only the ugly ones...
amazingly, these caladiums are still providing a pleasant display... but... i am preparing myself for their certain demise in the next couple of weeks.
i happen to be a big fan of white flowers. i have a tray of white petunias to plant - probably tomorrow.
yesterday i discovered this plant flowering. i can't remember the name of it but it only blooms in October/ November. i actually pull up seedlings of this everywhere- it re-seeds so easily.
note added 10.23.07: i found this plant online it is a Phillipine Violet-Barleria cristata. Also comes in violet, mauve and a violet and white variegated.