This cleaning up business is a lesson I learned years ago from gardening. Weeding, deadheading, clearing out the old dried up plants makes room for new growth. Just clean out the old and in comes the new, usually it's a year later.
This summer I haven't done much in the garden, just watering the plants in containers. The green oxalis I got from my mom back in February and planted beside a purple one I had purchased locally were getting along beautifully back in the Spring.
|Early April 2012|
They were beautiful back in April, however by August, after 20 plus days of 100 F heat, they were cooked and I was a little afraid they might not come back. On August 11, I was out sweeping the front porch, watering my plants and startled by how sad this container looked.
|This picture was taken on Monday, 8/20. |
|This picture was taken Wednesday afternoon (8/29).|
Those little dots next to the purple oxalis are new plants. I don't know when the oxalis is supposed to start growing again. I can't help but wonder if I had not cleaned out the dead plants would the new plants have started to grow? Was nature waiting on me to do my part so the miracle of life could 'show off?' I may have to look into that one of these days. Right now, I am going to go stretch and do a bit of exercise.
Life goes on.