|Gerbera garvinea 'Sweet Fiesta' 9 April 2022|
In our old
house on Athlone in Kerrisdale I remember telling Rosemary I wanted red
geraniums on the window boxes. These geranios
reminded of my youth in Buenos Aires. They do not need to be fertilized or to
be watered. The proof is that they grow all over Lima in Peru even in empty
lots. It never rains in Lima. Here is a link to my blog on Lima geraniums.
The look on Rosemary’s face told me that my choice of plants for our window boxes was low-brow. But she did humour me for many years until I learned the difference between geraniums and her hardy geraniums. Here is a link to one of her favourites.
In our perennial garden Rosemary did not eschew annuals. She loved quite a few of them. Because they die I am almost at a loss in replacing her annuals in our Kits deck garden. Some of the pots have plant labels so I am able to look for replacement plants. In other, cases like in the scan here, I remember some of the annuals she loved. This is gerbera daisy ( I bought it just a few days ago) that is extra hardy. There are more buds that will open soon so I was not too sad to cut this lovely one for the scan.
With flowers and hosta leaves emerging I find that I have a new sense of purpose that makes me a tad less melancholic. I have been working in the garden, taking advantage of the sun or at least non rainy cloudy days.
As I wrote here, my desk is very important. I write my daily blog. But I must add that my Epson scanner on my left as I write this is a Godsend in my life.
I have amassed about 2000 scans since I started in 2001. For the first three years I stored them on CDs. I am now almost finished putting those CD scans into two external hard drives (one is a copy). I have no idea if anybody will be interested in my plant scans when I meet my maker. But at the very least, like working in the garden and taking Niño for his daily walk, it keeps me in close proximity to sanity.