My dog, Aster is so sad because there wasn't much happening in the front yard. All the wine cups shriveled up because it's been so hot and dry. I didn't deadhead my roses, so they weren't ever blooming this summer. And the whole middle section seems to be devoid of plants. I removed some Spanish lavender last year that had become unruly. As it turns out, it was a foundation plant that kept the middle from looking barren. I have been taking a project management class this summer and it has consumed the time I would ordinarily spend gardening. Alas, the garden was calling, but I had a busy signal.
New Mexico has a "monsoon" season that begins in July and can last to mid-September. I always want to put monsoon in quotation marks when it's in reference to New Mexico. The meteorological term seems ironic when applied to this landlocked state. Nonetheless, about a month ago the monsoonal rains started. I would be out and about in a downpour, but find that it had missed my neighborhood completely when I arrived home. But the last few weeks have been rainy and wet. My summer class finished and I could answer the call of the garden.
Santa Fe Greenhouses had a BOGO (buy one, get one free) sale this weekend. My supervisor, Kim and I made a stop there for our lunch break last Friday. I recklessly bought twelve plants. Twelve plants are a lot of plants for me and would have been an extravagance if they were full price. In previous summers, sometimes Kim and I would pool our purchases to get the 10% discount for buying 10 or more plants of the same size. I had intended only to purchase some agastache "Blue Blazes" and some lemon yellow Maximilian sunflowers. But then I saw some "White Swan" echinacea, flax, and dwarf asters ( that somehow made its way to the checkout counter. I think I'm trying to make up for being unable to garden most of the summer. What do you think?