No garden, per se.
HAHA. That doesn't mean a lack of PLANTS...
Just plants that love to grow, despite inattention from their owners.
Yes, they get SOME attention, mostly admiration. And some water. And a good start in life.
But they are survivor plants.
I will mention some below that, thankfully, have survived us. Not meaning we're dead and they aren't. But meaning they've survived because they are suited to this climate and they soldier on without a lot of attention. Many of them are perennials. Even choosing not to put in a tilled garden, or even so much as an official raised bed this year, we can still enjoy these greenies, many of which have edible uses, or even multiple uses beyond their already valuable existence.
Or maybe they are simply evidenceof our human weakness despite our best intentions when looking at mail order or in garden stores.
At any rate, we belong among our plants, even if they are the good-natured little green versions of latchkey kids.
Jack's home from his night shift and gently snoring in the other room. I have time for a quick update.
He and I tamed the savage beast called Our Yard a couple days ago, but we seldom feel that need for the adjoining lot we also own...we let it stay fairly au naturel, since we're not in a manicured subdivision. However, the general area IS manicured enough that we have to maintain our *ugh* lawn (one of the most worthless of inventions the world has ever known) since we (yeah yeah yeah, cue the same refrain...) are keeping it somewhat curb-appeal-ish for selling some day. Maybe not too far down the road in time. But anyway...
It's consistently warm...even HOT...enough to take inventory of what plants remain in the ranks of survivors this year. We had several hard freezes this past winter, so there were casualties. But from the looks of things at this point, here's an idea of the plant population other than bermuda and weeds:
1. Gynura survived in pots, sheltered under shrubs and on back porch. We're now at the point they're big enough (again) to make more cuttings to root (again). Yay!
2. About 12 clumps of moringa, and counting, all sprouting and growing gangbusters daily. Time for some leaf harvest soon. Again, yay!
3. Two of the three guavas are back. The nice big one may have bit the dust. The gangly little sidekick sheltered next to the BU5GBM ( Big Ugly 5-Gallon Bucket Mountain whose days are numbered) made it. (As did the one annually reappearing among the weed patch we refer to as our field) This does not ensure the survival of the said BU5GBM, only that we've learned that clustering the sophomore trees and plants during winter is crucial to their endurance.
4. One of the two languishing fig trees made it. They were in pots for years, in a patch of what came to be overgrown who-knows-what, growing in symbiotic fashion (as all eyesores love to do) and indiscernable as anything but another big ol' clump of tall weeds. I broke up the relationship, mowed down the rather woody weeds (well, Jack mowed them after I chopped them all to the ground) and repotted the one vigorous fig to a new location right up against a larger clump of moringa. I'm hoping the shade works its wonders. The other fig was down to a withered root, so it went composting...
5. Both aloe veras stayed the course.
6. Rosemary, check.
7. Yerba Buena, by a nose.
8. Loquat tree, check. Make that loquat three...Jack installed two more. He is a complete loquat enthusiast now. They can take the freezes AND the heat. And they produce fruit (only ours haven't yet...maybe next year). And they're attractive. He's in tree love.
Birthday acquisition of:
9. 1 mulberry tree (please survive, my friend)
10. 2 small plum trees (more like sticks with leaves...2 different varieties for pollination)
11. A different kind of Gynura with purple backsides to the leaves, 1 pot
12. And a sweet potato plant (I have to learn to grow these to be worth my salt as a southerner)
13. 2 non-stinging chaya plants, going strong!
OK, back to the other non-birthday plants that are happening...
14. 1 three year old chaya plant, the stinging kind, getting bigger every year
15. 1 jujube whose little upstarts multiply every spring, making it more of a jujube clump
16. Several basic viburnum (not the fancy flowering kind) baby bushes Jack has been planting for windbreaks, screening
17. 2 survivor grapevines, no fruit
18. 1 confederate jasmine vine that did the Rebel Yell to me in a garden center recently
19. 2 new thryallis (golden shower) shrubs (yayyyy!!!!)
19 1/2. (oops, almost forgot) 2 tibouchina (not sure which variety) baby shrubs with gorgeous purple flowers
20. 1 clump asclepias (butterfly weed)
21. 2 recovering papayas
22. 1 clerodendrum (blue butterfly bush)
23. Several walking stick kale babies
24. 1 ground orchid
25. 1 survivor Surinam cherry bush
26. 2 soapberry bush babies and several surviving transplants of same
27. 2 bushes whose names escape me, but hardy to sun and with nice foliage that flower dark blue-purple flowers
after MUCH anticipation, more anticipation, and excited nailbiting, we have the privilege of being sent some
28. Purple Leafed Tree Collards (!!!!!), due to arrive any day now (soo soo excited!!!)
29. We're finally putting in some Jerusalem artichokes in some of the more naturalized areas.
not to mention the
30. Pentas, assorted, flowers
32. Ruellia Brittonia gone nuts (Mexican petunias, blue flowers), naturalized on the steep slope adjacent to the shed, along with some interspersed butterfly weed
33. 2 dwarf cavendish banana plants, hanging in there till we hopefully get a wet season
34. 1 Mystery volunteer squash vine climbing the walls and anything else in its way
That's about it...till there's more :) And these are the things we have going while "we're not growing anything"...ha!
Oh...there is one patio tomato plant. I would have to turn in my Girl Raised in the South card if I neglected to have at least one token tomato while the sun doth shine.
How grows your garden...or, like us, your "we're not growing anything this year" collection? ;-)
UPDATE ON THE UPDATE:
Um...Garden Centers = My Kind of Crack
Recent (as of round trip to garden center and back now for a few minutes) plant additions:
2 Black Prince heirloom tomato starts (!!!!!)
2 Yellow Pear heirloom tomato starts (!!!)
2 German Johnson heirloom tomato starts (!!!)
and a cucumber vine of some variety
and two burgundy pentas starts
and a couple more butterfly weed starts
and a partridge in a pear tree...