Happy Happy Joy Joy!! Rained about an inch last night and so far tonight we have about another inch. What a blessing!!
With the rain came an opportunity for me to transplant zinnnias. The big zinnia patch in the front needed a new color added, so I found a small red rose at Lowes for $1.98. Needless to say, I planted it right out, despite the heat and dryness. Well, it's not getting enough air and the 'zinnia trees' are blocking sun light. So today I started digging them out and transplanting them to bare spots. And by bare spots, I mean any little piece of dirt that I could dig in.
The transplants wilted a little this afternoon, but with tonights rain, should rebound. I plan to move more tomorrow. I love flowers that self seed. Less work for me. I will get a picture of the new rose. I think it will be very hardy...I grow mostly shrub type roses, the ones with few petals in the flower. I find the fewer the petals, the easier to take care of the rose.
My desert is filling in and really doing better than I ever dared to hope.
Wayne started me a whole tray of sunflowers because I have NOT had luck with them this year. I have a few volunteers and a few that I started but nothing like as many as I want. I have transplanted some from under the bird feeder but they dry up and die. He also planted me a row of purple and white coneflowers in the raised bed to see how they germinate there. Here is one we started last year that is growing up in the desert with zinnnias and cukes.
Here is the view I have from the backyard gate. I enjoy it. There are feeders on the clothes line and usually lots of birds on the ground.
Jul 7, 2009 | 3:23 AM PST
Wonderful! Our little rain didn't amount to much. Wow. The desert doesn't look deserted at all. My, how it has changed. Oh, and the zinnias that you kindly sent are starting to pop up!