Monday, August 24, 2009


Welcome to the first of many blogs. I think it'll be fun! I've written about my garden for years, but never in such a public way. So this is a beginning for me. I've been a gardener as far back as I can remember. My mother handed me my first spade and said, go to work. I planted Bachelor Buttons, still one of my favorite flowers. My secret garden has been an experiment with new plants and learning what will go best, where. It's never complete, but always in the making.

It's the end of August and the heat has taken it's toll on this southern California garden. It's the time for heat-loving plants. The tomatoes, sown in pots on my patio, are still producing, but wilt in the afternoon sun.

The passion flower vine is blooming profusely, as is the firecracker salvia, both plants for the hummingbirds of this garden. The roses that still bloom are short-lived, as the strong sun wilts and dries them quickly.

I've already ordered my fall vegetable seeds from Seeds of Change. I'm going to convert the sunniest beds into areas for vegetables. Most of my garden is shaded by a large live oak and nearby houses, so there is little garden area for most vegetables. I've spoken with my garden spirits (fairies, gnomes, as they are known by other names) and they feel I am right to try lettuce, chard, radish, cilantro and parsley in those spots.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Congratulations with your very first post Mary! Best wishes from MySecretGarden to your Secret Cottage Garden! You have great tomatoes and lovely blooms. See you around on Blotanical!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Your tomatoes look great in their container. What type are they? I tried brandywines and they were way too big for the containers.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I love the idea of the cottage garden blog and your photography is beautiful! Maybe you should give up the dissertation and do a book on gardening. Meanwhile, I like the blog idea. I just saw the best movie of the season--Julie and Julia. As you may know, it's based on a 365 day blog about cooking Julia Child's recipes as a kind of therapy. Good luck! Love, Sally