just about anything grow. I, however, do not have the natural ability to 'just make things grow'. Or keep them alive for that matter. My herb garden I started this year is doing fair, but herb season is coming to a close anyway and I'll try again earlier next spring and see if I can do better. There is a history of farmers in my family, yet somehow it must have skipped a generation. Jonathan, however (my 20 year old son), I believe, growing things would come naturally to him once he started. I just have that feeling.
When we lived in Mexico, the only thing I had planted was Morning Glories and they did well. When we moved over into El Paso, Dad had wanted some rose bushes out front. We started a vegetable garden that first year (4 years ago) and it did ok, but I think we needed more shade or something because the sun is awfully brutal here. We didn't tend to it well and now we use the area for new Crepe Myrtle trees instead. They, by the way, are doing quite well, I'm pleased to say.
One thing led to another, the roses survived, so I planted some mums out front in a big pot. Two years running strong and I'm just waiting for their purple blooms to show forth soon. Then I planted Begonias..and lo and behold, they are doing wonderfully. Since they were doing well, I bought a few hanging plants for outside. They were staying alive, so Jonathan and I bought some Morning Glory seeds and went crazy planting them wherever we thought they would climb. And boy, do they climb! We are fascinated by the path they choose and how the vines curl around anything they can get around.
I post photos of my roses nearly daily now on Facebook. Friends comment on how beautiful they are and how well they are blooming. Truly, it is not my doing. They seem to be hardy plants, thankfully. I'm sure I could be 'feeding' them more, though.
There is anticipation in each new day as I peek out the front door every morning to see what's unfurling in the rose bushes. I feel amazed when I see the Morning Glories stretching their necks to bask in the sun. I'm in awe in general because I'm managing to have a bit of a dream come true of having live plants in the yard. Even in the house, I've planted some spider plants ( thanks to my friend Carolyn who promises they need little attention.) And some leafy plant--sorry, don't know the name of it, but I've learned how to make more plants by tending to off-roots of the plant and making more to share around the house in all the rooms. It's very thrilling, and now that I've started, I'm wondering what I can plant next and where -whether indoors or out. Mums do well, it seems, and I saw them at Lowe's today in all their colorful splendor--yellows, oranges, purples, reds, white...Some ideas are rattling around in my head of where to plant more.
Winter will be here before I know it and my flowers and such will be at rest for awhile. For now, I look forward to looking out the front door or the back window at what's unfolding every morning. 'Thought I'd share some dreamy roses and etc. that I've been nurturing.
Roses: These first 2 are the most recent. The second collage is of the church roses we've been tending to in Mexico.
Other Outside Plants:
|Hanging plants and Crepe Myrtles|
|Begonias, Mums, and Herbs|
The Spider Plant and the one with leaves I don't know the name for:
|The bottom plants comes off of a much bigger one.|