The biggest fan of the new garden is Dixie.
We brought home some cat nip.
Trix digs it too but Dix loves it.
You may remember that at the end of our first summer here, I found some planter boxes marked free. I brought them home, put them on our back deck and planted some flowers and veggies.
I soaked the new plants with water to get them off to a good start. Then, the rainy season started. Tiburon Garden Experiment I was somewhat of a success but with the limited amount of sunlight we get on our back porch, the plants never got dry. Eventually, they died.
During the cold, dark, wet months, I watched to see which plants were thriving elsewhere.
From the first experiment, I learned that I need plants that thrive in full shade.
The cyclamen and pansies I planted in the second experiment, did really well, for months, with nearly no attention. It seemed like they were in their natural habitat. Success, at last.
Then, all of a sudden, before I realized it, it got hot, the plants dried out, choked and croaked. Instead of being frustrated with myself, I'm choosing to think that it isn't realistic for a plant or group of plants to thrive in the same some in the very different seasons we have here.
On my mom's most recent visit, we went shopping for plants.
I wanted some that needed more sun than I know I will have in the coming months.
I did pick one anyway.
We'll see how long it holds out.
Most of the rest of the plants said they would do well in partial shade. Wish me (and them luck).
The Daliahs look nice and are doing well.
I didn't want snap dragons since they were part of the first batch but these were so healthy, my mom convinced me to give them a try.
They look good.
Maybe if I don't over-water them this time...
We picked out some cute little cactus-type plants for the strawberry pot.
The pansies did well in it for awhile but it dries out so quickly...
Having fresh herbs for cooking is always desirable.
I got basil too but this one looks healthiest.
I've forgotten which herb it is though.
Regardless, it's sure to be yummy.