Again this summer the valley is full of smoke. Air quality earlier was "moderate," so I got things done outside, including planting and bathing Edward the Goldendoodle. Good thing I took the time, air quality is now "unhealthy." I figure if I can't see the mountains it's probably not a good idea to breathe the air!
So... here's what I did with my "babies."
*firecracker penstemon - rock garden in the front yard, near where the dying creeping phlox was pulled out.
*woolly sunflower (or Oregon Sunshine, isn't that a lovely name?) - in the newer part of the rock garden.
I then sprayed a lot of cat repellent on the newly dug soil!
*"Mini Blue" lavender - in a ceramic pot on the deck that held the dwarf eggplant. It's next to the germander with a summer trim. I used that big blue pot behind them to transplant the flowering plum tree given to me by a co-worker a few months back.
*"Hi Ho Silver" thyme - a pretty cobalt blue ceramic pot that has a poor history growing anything. I think I over water whatever is in it. I think the glass float is from a garage sale. My family and I used to find real Japanese fishing floats ripped off their nets on the beaches near San Francisco in the 60s.
*coyote mint - a large plastic planter which I placed near the herb garden proper. Coyote mint likes sun, but not temperatures over 90. Since the temperatures coming in the next few days will be in the 100s, a container is best so I can move it to a shaded area. This is my favorite of the seven new "babies."
*"Angel's Wing" catnip - in the low plastic planter I got 75% off. It didn't have drainage holes, so I drilled some into the bottom. Online this "Nepeta" is called a catmint, not catnip, but my nursery has it labeled as a catnip. No biggie, they are much the same to me! It's a very fragile plant, just gentle transplanting broke off several stems.
*"Walker's Low" catmint - the rose I didn't like wasn't looking very healthy so I pulled it out and replaced it with this catmint. Really, the rose wasn't doing well! Honestly, it had barely any roots to it and the leaves were yellowing. I didn't like it, so didn't try to save it. Remember, it wasn't the variety it was labeled and wasn't what I wanted.
For all, in the ground as well as in the containers, I mixed potting soil in with sand and sharp gravel to give better drainage. Next time before I water I'll sprinkle some Dr. Earth's Tomato, Vegetable and Herb Fertilizer around their bases.
|"Angel's Wings" and "Walker's Low"|