Sometimes it seems like the title of my blog is a dirty, dirty lie, but I promise it didn't start out that way!
I just lose all my gardening mojo for the summer. In my last video blog, I promised I'd be back to it in Septemeber.
And I am!
Chuck thinks my dirty hands are hot.
The sun is sitting a little lower. The afternoon breeze is cooler. We're getting a damn sight more rain. Not a ton, but at least the grass isn't crunchy anymore.
Yesterday I decided to go out to the garden center and get some petunias. Right now is starting to be the second perfect time to grow them. They fade away during the scorching summers, but if you plant more in the fall you get another couple of months of color.
I didn't realize that my outing for petunias would turn into the quest for The Holy Grail.
Seriously...the petunias were just as ridiculous to find, and I met this dude Roger who kept asking me if I wanted a shrubbery.
I swear I even heard the faint sound of coconuts.
I'm thinking I may have gone out on my quest a week or two too soon. Even the big garden centers didn't have any.
At the last place I drove to (40 minutes away...I wanted petunias dammit!!) I found a few paltry purple petunias (nice alliteration, eh?)
If I had gone out for mums, I could've come home with a truckload. But I'm not interested in getting mums quite yet, that'll be next month.
I did get a few consolation prizes, however. I found some sexy sweet potato vines for 50% off.
And by sexy, I mean bodice-rippingly gorgeous.
I'd never plant them in the ground here, as they tend to get invasive. But they're awesome in a hanging container.
The green one is Ipomoea batatas 'Marguarita', and the dark one is 'Blackie'
I ruined at least two shirts looking at these things.
I also found some huge coleus plants that were on sale at a different garden center. Normally 6 bucks, I got 'em for 3.
This one is 'Stained Glassworks Copper'. Looks really awesome in the morning sun.
And this one didn't have a tag. I had some last year, but I can't remember what it's called.
But it's sexy, so who gives a fuck? If you saw a sexy man/woman across the room, would you care what their name was??? No!
I'm happy that the side of my house that faces the street is looking pretty again. The back side still looks like shite, but I don't care about that.
The holly berries are turning red, just in time for *gasp* The Holidays.
Fun fact: If you look really closely at the window behind the sweet potato vine basket, you'll still see a Christmas decoration up from last year. I like to call it 'Redneck Chic'
The salvia has come back a little bit since being pounded by the hurricane. This little bee is enjoying it...
The fall wreath is on the door. The fake pumpkins are out. Kyna's dreaming of the two thanksgiving dinners on the horizon.
Things are good.