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disregardening


holesgardenAlas, a gardener I’m not, proving with my latest attempts this summer that I can’t even grow weeds. (In a well-meaning attempt to support me in nurturing my inner gardener, Mothering editor-in-chief Peggy O’Mara donated some sunflower and morning glory seeds to my cause earlier this year. I planted them in late May and just last week began to notice a little blooming action.)


Successful or not, I still like to take photos of the products of my efforts—and sometimes can shoot them in such a way (see photo at right) that you can’t tell that when the overzealous twining morning glories wrapped themselves round and round the too-dry stalks of the sunflowers, the bright purple and blue flowers just plain brought the big gold ones DOWN.


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Disclaimer: In these photos, the dark spots that are not holes are bugs. The bits of yellow that are not sunflower bloom are leaf damage. What you also don’t see here is that several of the sunflowers are just propped up against the fence after being leveled—stems snapped—by the morning glories.


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P.S. As if to mock my feeble horticultural skills, this house around the corner from us sports a sunflower crop run amok, several of them reaching over 10 feet high.


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Tags: ants, bugs, failure, garden, morning glories, summer, sunflowers, weeds



 

Comments (2)

Coming from another black thumb (the only plant I've been able to successfully keep alive is a cactus that apparently requires no care whatsoever), I would say that the morning glories are a success, at least! Though the sunflowers around the corner are glorious! .-= Heather´s last blog ..Gorgeous Birth Photos! =-.
You're right, Heather. Thanks for the positive reminder. (And the morning glories really are stunning—one might even say GLORIOUS—in the early morning light...) Keep up the good work with that cactus!
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