According to Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” This small corner of my garden agrees.
There are all sorts of gardening rules to insure your success:
- Do not over plant or crowd your seedlings
- Make sure your plant gets the proper amount of sunlight
- Water appropriately to support healthy roots
- and so on.
Then the usual suspects blow into town and make a mockery of it all. With some assist from the wind, a few birds and other garden foragers, this perfect little gem of a corner came together without any help from the gardener (that’s me).
None of these plants are garden strangers. They enjoyed their stay last season and decided to make a come back. Below my window, and along the patio’s edge, a sampler garden is born.
Four o’clock Mirabilis jalapa
This prolific annual grows quickly with a low, sprawling habit. The original plant grew at the front of the house in the Children’s Garden, producing lovely yellow blooms around four o’clock each day, hence the name. I saved lots of seeds, but honestly, I needn’t have bothered. Two months ago, several seedlings started to grow.
Cyclamen grow from tubers. They die back each year, returning in the winter and early spring, preferring cooler temps. This lovely pink variety is flowering like mirrored twins.
Polka dot plant Hypoestes phyllostachya
This spotted pink darling self-seeded from a pot nearby. Late in the summer, tiny purple flowers appeared. It’s nice to have that splash of pink joining the others.
New Zealand Hair Sedge
Every garden needs some breezy grasses, right? It’s the perfect backdrop for the pinks in the foreground.
Tomato Plant nightshade Solanum lycopersicum
Rounding out this densely populated corner is a tomato plant. Just like last year, tomatoes are popping up all over the garden. The plant is doing fine now, but once the Acer fills out for the summer, the tomato won’t receive much light. I don’t have the heart to try to move it so it stays. There are no rules that say tomatoes have to bear fruit. It can enjoy the quiet solitude of the corner and do whatever it wants.
Blogging 100: Day Twelve
Our Blogging University assignment for today is to “Increase Your Commenting Confidence.” I’m pretty chatty around here. I drop comments all over the blogosphere and receive thoughtful and thought-provoking comments on my blog in turn. I followed the instructions, though to
“read six posts written in response to the same prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.”