Summer Flower Garden: Lately, I’ve been talking to some friends of dandelions. I don’t find them particularly annoying and I don’t care if they appear on my lawn, even if I always dig them out of my flower beds. I’m not sure why I consider them a weed in one place, but not in another. Anyway, this is all about summer flowers for me at this time of year …
Summer ornaments: if it’s not cute, don’t worry
My high school friend Jamie, who married a Jamaican woman, told the following story:
“An aunt of ours in Mandeville, Jamaica, asked her new man from the courtyard why she had” hunted “(removed) all the flowers and flowering shrubs in her beds. He replied, “It’s a hot cyan.” (means that none of the plants produced edible fruit or vegetables)
My friend Susie commented that her husband would agree: “If you can’t eat it, don’t worry.”
They are exactly the opposite: if it’s not cute, don’t worry. I like growing summer flowers much more than fruit and vegetables. It’s not that I don’t like fruit and vegetables; I actually love them, but I’d rather spend the money and buy it at a farmer’s market. In this way, I can devote my time, energy, and space to growing summer flowers. The only exception would be tomatoes. Absolutely nothing is better than local tomatoes!
Part of my reasoning for not growing edibles is that I try to live with deer as much as possible, or at least that’s my goal. I have discovered a number of flowers that he does not like and I can use a liquid fence or a sprayer activated by the water around some tasty flowers (and tomatoes) that I just have to grow, but otherwise, I find it almost impossible to prevent them from eating fruits and vegetables. For me, it’s not worth it.
The only fruit that grows reliably in my garden are two rhubarb plants that I inherited from the previous owner. They provide enough rhubarb for me and several friends. I’m thinking it may be time to try some gooseberry bushes. Pretty sure they are safe!