Three Real Gardeners
I read about gardeners like master gardener and author Pat Welsh, and this wonderful young lady, and this guerilla gardener and agave propagation genius, (don't miss the propagation and bulbils pages) and I think: why even bother? I'll never be that talented, that knowledgeable, that dedicated. I'll just have to keep learning and working, and hope I'm 1/10th of the way there someday. Sigh. Back to work!
Abe Darby Update
Flowers: toast! Abe don't like hot weather. He bloomed again just in time for the heat wave:
Abe had beautiful flowers and horrible foliage this spring, now it's time for beautiful foliage and horrible flowers. The heat has done bad things to the most delicate roses, but other plants have been managing. The mailbox roses look good. Counter-clockwise from top right, 'Day Breaker', 'Top Notch', 'Bill Warriner', 'Eureka', and 'Trumpeter':
Intense July sun ruins Abe, but filtered by an Alocasia leaf, is transformed into something like stained glass: