I’d say I’m the “accidental gardner”.
I picked up gardening this summer when the lansdcaping company I hired was a no-show. We had laid out the plan but when spring ended and May rolled around and they were nowhere in sight I said to myself, “Self, you can do this”. I had no tools and I had no idea about flowers—I just knew what was aesthetically pleasing to me.
I researched nurseries. I researched flowers. The workers at the Home Depot and nurseries became my buddies—“What tools do I need for this and that?” “Which potting soil and fertilizer is best?” “Mulch?!” And pretty soon google was auto-directing my searches to all things “garden”.
But somehow “deadheading” didn’t come up till a kind blogger, Eliza Waters, in her comment on a post advised me to deadhead the tickseed to encourage rebloom. Back to google I went: “What is deadhead?” “How to deadhead …?”
I clipped with careful precision, following the google-advisors to a T. All the while praying I’m doing it right.
Over the weeks following I kept checking for signs of regrowth. And then one morning, after a night of summer showers, there they were—new buds!
Suffice it to say, I was elated! With my trusty iPhone I began documenting what to me—the accidental gardener—is a feat.
Thank you for journeying along.