Saturday, June 9, 2007

Firewitch dianthus

I planted cheddar pinks dianthus at the end of the season last year. They were just tiny little plants with no blooms. This year they have flourished. Planted in full sun. I added a little organic matter to the soil when I planted. Only thing I've noticed is that the wind can really wreak havoc on them and they have a tendancy to get flattened out when stray basketballs find their way into my garden.

At the end of June, I sheared them back and now I see little pink blooms slowly coming back. Now if we only got a good rain - then I think they would really go!

Welcome to my garden blog!

I am a recreational novice gardener which means I spend countless dollars and time in my garden to make it look like those pictures in Better Homes and Gardens. I have no formal training - what I know I learned from fellow garden freaks, books and experience. It's truly become my refuge from a long day at work or a break from the monotony of everyday life.

I enjoy reading about other people gardens and viewing their accomplishments. Maybe it's the camaraderie I feel when they're proud of something or the frustration they feel when something bombs. Believe me - I've been in both spots.
Anyway, I'll post photos, rantings, questions and general observations. Feel free to add your two cents. Who knows, we might both learn something!