Thursday, October 23, 2008

I am NOT in charge!

See that pretty little yellow bloom? That's a Mexican Mint Marigold. Just started blooming yesterday.

It's pretty and the next photo shows you that it will soon be full of bright blooms.


BUT. (There's always a but, isn't there?) I planted these 3 little plants last summer when we put in this bed. The purpose of the bed was to provide a place for lots of colorful vines to cover the fence. This picture below is what it looked like last September -- everything behaving according to PLAN. See the beautiful orange Mexican Flame Vine behind the little Marigolds? Nice, isn't it?

Well, this is how it looks now. NO Flame vine, spindly leftover morning glories. All thanks to the thirsty, overgrown, block the sprinkler Marigolds who have hogged the bed.

So, after they bloom - OUT they come, to be replaced in the Spring by something much lower and slower growing so that the Flame Vine - which is still there, but just 6 leaves at the base of the plant - can reach up to the sky along the fence. I don't know WHERE they are going, mind you, but they ARE going. I will have things according to plan, I will, I will!

And here are some signs of our cool 55 degree night last night. The Plumeria is not happy about those cool, damp temps -- see the yellowing leaves inside there?


It's a desperate cry for the Greenhouse to get here soon!

12 days 'til Greenhouse Day!

7 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh to have a greenhouse. I am just green all over more than any other place. It will be such fun to have some place to overwinter your plants.

Jannie Funster said...

Plants do all have a mind of their own, don't they. Kinda like humans.

Greenhouse envy in SW Austin.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I posted about Mexican mint marigold today too.

Diana said...

Lisa - I know, it's Christmas, birthday, you name it for a while! When the sun is shining but it's cold out, I like to sit in it, too!

Jannie - You're right - plants have a mind of their own. And they aren't always with my program!

Deb - Your MMM looks good. I hope mine reseeds in it's new home, wherever that turns out to be...maybe on the back edge of a bed in the wild area under our birdfeeders. It would get some water there and be okay getting tall and bushy....hmmm...it's on my list!

Lancashire rose said...

You are right about the Mexican marigold. It grows to an enormous size along with the Copper canyon daisy. But they are lovely in the fall garden. I always have seedlings and find it best to pull out the old one and replant for a smaller one the next year.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose-Thanks for the MMM advice. It will help me decide what in the world to do with them after they are done blooming.

Gail said...

Diana,

How exciting to get a greenhouse! I love to sit in the greenhouses at botanical gardens in the winter...they feel so warm and humid. Winter is the only time I miss humidity!

Gail