Our patio plants have evolved in both directions.
For the flowers in the planters, it seems I can not get enough water in these plants. They are green and seem healthy enough, but they have lost most of the flowers. They are far too heavy to bring inside, so for the recent “Surprise! Final Winter!” storm, we covered them with plastic and towels. Honestly, they seemed happier from that than from any care I’ve given them. The plastic seemed to work like a little green house.
We moved them against our windows instead of out on the edges of our balcony. Maybe a little less wind will help.
The rosemary was so happy when we brought it home. But when we got back, it looked like a squirrel had been digging in it. I think it was the wind. I tried to repot it again, but I’m not sure it will make it. Here is the dramatic before and after.
Before we left for New Mexico, we tried to rig a self-watering system for “everyone” out there. It seems to have saved them all, and some even grew, but we’ll tweak it before our next trip.
The herbs and small veggies are loving their tower. We have garlic, parsley, basil, broccolini, butter lettuce, kale, and thyme.
The broccolini started to flower. I was afraid it would go to seed, so we looked it up and learned to top it for more growth of the veggies themselves.
We also have some tiny planters the previous owner left. I filled them with more garlic (that I don’t expect to sprout) and some clearance snap dragons that were in pretty bad shape when we bought them, so any life there is a small miracle.
They are also making progress on our pool deck. They have stayed on top of the debris and dust. It’s supposed to be ready by Memorial Day weekend.