Wednesday, October 13, 2010


There aren't many annuals that I am fond of, but this is definitely one of them.  The Cleome (spider flower) is amazing!  I had never seen one until I thought they looked interesting on the cover of a seed packet and were considered one of the old fashioned types, so I propagated them and fell in love.  They grow to about 4.5 ft. tall with hardy stalks and amazing wild looking blooms that are in a full ball at the top and have spidery looking sections going down the stalk.  I must admit however that scent is not their strong point.  It is a little on the musky side so I'm not sure how popular they will be as a cut flower but I will have them in abundance none the less.  They were better performers last year as I had started them in pots, this year I allowed them to self sow.  I don't know if it was our late summer or if they just fare better with a headstart in pots.  Next spring I will go back to my original method as I must have these.  Their blooms last a very long time and when they begin to fade they dry out and open up revealing dozens of tiny seeds in long narrow pods.  Enjoy these pics and consider giving them a try in your garden.  (full sun)


Well not really.  This is actually a woodland aster, a very hardy perennial that is sweet smelling and very sweet to look at.  The bees go crazy for it as it blooms in the early fall and is almost the only fresh flower available for them to utilize for their bee "to do's".  A must have if you don't have.


Time has gotten away from me this season.  Obligations other than gardening have taken precedence.  I have managed to stay on top of things, but my scheduled projects did not take place.  I won't bore my readers with unnecessary details and I am fearful that if I did actually write down what "did not" get done this season I might have a panic attack.  So... best to leave those thoughts swirling around in my head, while I convince myself that there is always next year.  The problem with that however, is that with every passing year I get older!  That thought in itself is enough to make me feel like screaming at time to STOP so my "to do's" can get caught up before my body will no longer keep up with the demands.  Of course, the unfortunate reality for all of us is that time does not stop, not ever.  It literally marches on, and too bad if we can't keep up.  Get going, keep moving.  So, I do.  I keep going, trying my best to keep my multiple goals in focus and accomplish what I can.  Thus, my lame explanation for my lack of updates on my blog.  Funny how gardening blogs are hardest to maintain when we are actually... gardening.