There are some lessons learned. My soil, extremely acidic due to the gigantic pine tree under whose boughs my garden grows, has proved extremely hostile to hollyhocks. My irises and hydrangea are doing well. So also are my black-eyed susans, butterfly bushes and zinnias. The gerbera daisies don’t mind the harsh pH, and neither do the coral bells, salvia, cone flower, veronica and yarrow. But I can’t get foxglove or sunflowers to grow to save my soul.
My dear friend, Lora Wong, a newly minted master gardener, gave my garden a resounding thumbs-up when she got her first look at it last week, and my mower-man, owner of 4 Seasons Landscaping, LLC (http://www.facebook.com/landscaping4seasons), said he was quite impressed with my design. Next week I’ll be attending the Bluewater Baltimore Society’s all-native plant sale at Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore (http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org) to see if I can get some brilliant goldenrod and statuesque joe pye weed, some fragrant bee balm and frilly coreopsis into the ground before the growing season comes to an abrupt halt in a few more weeks.
I happened upon a good recipe on FoodNetwork.com recently for anyone who has an abundance of tomatoes and basil in their gardens this year. I have a profusion of both. The recipe is for a rustic tomato-basil soup and it's super tasty and very low-calorie:
|Tomato tart before baking|