One day this week I was waiting for the rain to start so I could go work in the garden. I stopped to think – this seems really stupid, do other gardeners do this? And then went out into a gentle rain to move some Beach Sunflower around. It has been so dry lately the sandy soil has tightened its grip on roots to the point it is difficult to pry things out of the ground. Soil is an overstatement in my garden – I should face the facts, it is Sugar Sand, white, infertile and oddly capable of growing many things. I pried some intractable Johnsonsgrass out (and threw it away) then went looking for more beautiful things.
Here is what I found:
This is a Bromeliad, Billbergia pyramidalis, I think, bought as a cutting in February. I was told it would grow up the trunk of a tree. As a planted it, I was scoffing. Well, whoever told me that was absolutely correct – it is growing up the tree and much to my surprise, flowering at the same time.
This made my time in the rain worthwhile and hopefully the skies will open again soon.
I have been waiting for the rain to stop all day today. If you garden in the rain here you end up making mud pies.
You do have some weird and wonderful plants in your garden.
That’s great. No mud pies here. Weird and wonderful is a good description.
Nice bromelias queen of shrubs—at least the predicted hail has not come
it is in South Martin county somewhere!
I actually garden after the rain. Our soil is clay and the weeds come up better wet. We have had cloudy with some rain this week and I took that opportunity to put in transplants.
I do as well, the rain makes the weeds let go. Sometimes it is hard to get enough water on new plants without rain.