In a former life, I was a fervent gardener, and would spend most days weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and simply enjoying the fruits of my labor. Fibers, dyes, and warnings about sun exposure from my Dermatologist have totally changed my life. That said, I must tell you that our realtor friend Michael and my blogger friend Elizabeth are rekindling the old gardening flame! We walk past Michael's glorious Midtown Atlanta garden every chance I get, and it keeps me energized to see what he can do right there in the city! Then I see Elizabeth's beautiful flower pictures on her blog, and I'm further enchanted. She and I email frequently about her gardening techniques, and I vow to get out there and dig in the dirt! She wrote recently about using coffee grounds, egg shells and banana peels on her roses. Well, I took her quite literally and began to make a rose 'tea' by blending our morning banana peels, coffee grounds and the occasional egg shell. It works!!!! My roses are loving it, as evidenced by the new shoots on this rose!
C and I have been composting for as long as I can remember, and during the summer months, we eat so many fresh veggies and fruits that our compost pail is full almost every day with the corn cobs, silks, bean ends, etc. So, the rose tea is a good way to slow down the ever increasing pail occupants and to love on my roses at the same time.
Our compost is always giving! This Spring, I moved a potted croton plant outdoors to the pool patio for some added sun and topped off the pot with a bit of compost. About a week later, I noticed several tomato plants sprouting around the sides of the pot. Now we are enjoying the juciest Roma tomatoes from those little volunteers:
And then there are the 'squash vines' that sprout annually from my compst bins! A few years back we had wonderful pumpkins just in time for Halloween....and I didn't have to pay a cent for them! This year I couldn't wait to see what developed from our 'squash' vines....and you can see that we have gourds!
How cool is that!!!
So, I won't have to buy ornamental gourds this Fall!
One of my favorite volunteers is this beautiful Sweet Autumn clematis, which has just started to bloom on the fence leading to my studio. When I purchased its great grandmother, Greta (the nursery owner) snickered and asked why I would want to purchase such an invasive plant....I guess you can see why! Oh, and Barker seems to like it too!
We were away for a day, but now that we're home and I'm back in business, I hope to have some fiber shots for you tomorrow or the next day! Thanks for coming by to visit!
PEACE TO YOU!!!