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All dried up

September 1, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
Depending on your point of view, my garden is either a cottage garden or a dried-up mess. And at the moment, never mind the "point of view" thing, it is just plain messy. Many of the perennials are giving up for the season and are less than attractive, and those annuals like the white alyssum and the dear portulaca are showing their age. Some things, like the ornamental grasses, the Russian sage, the ever-faithful geraniums, sedum and the callicarpa are at their best, but get over-shadowed by all the other stuff. And all that would not be so bad, after all it is now September, but my sister Shirley is coming from England in a couple of days, and I did want everything looking good for her. I was outside all morning trying to get things in some kind of order, but without a drenching rain there is very little to do about it. And then I look at the downpours of Gustav on the gulf coast, and I feel ashamed of my very minor complaints about the weather. We are going to be visiting some area gardens, like Kingwood and the Schedel Arboretum, and won't have too much time to look at mine. The vegetable garden still has a lot to offer, some late corn and runner beans, beets, eggplant and a profusion of peppers and tomatoes. So I'm going to look beyond the weeds and shriveling stuff and concentrate on the positive. Gazpacho, anyone/


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