The garden is looking fair. I have moved five rose bushes to new locations. I tried to split a hardy hibiscus and replant it. It turned brown immediately even though I did have some root on the division. I divided three echineshia (incorrect spelling) plants and I hope that they will root. I scattered some of the seeds from the plants around my garden. I had my husband to cut down four large rose of sharon (white) standard trees that I thought I would love but the limbs tended to behave in a weeping fashion, which I did not like at all. Hummingbirds continue to visit my cypress vines which have invaded two different sections of my garden. My husband does not like it in the side section, but it is a nice pop of red going into the fall season. I have some stringy carnations in bloom. They are not worth the effort of cutting back all season. They are on their second blooming. I have small lizards and frogs throughout my yard. I was outside staking some beautiful purple asters and the mosquitoes had a field day with my legs. I have to have over 50 bites.
The ants are underneath my pavers in the yard that make pathways. The ants are pretty much all over and very aggressive. My kids could not find a safe place to stand in the sitting area. My angel trumpet has not bloomed this season and I am not sure what color it is. My pink oleander died back last winter but came back and has had some blooms but not as impresive as the first year that I planted it.
I will soon be stalking the garden center for bargains. I can hardly wait until October. I found some great deals in the fall of 2007 and hope to repeat the success. I have noticed a pretty vine with blue flowers on it that the birds had to have gifted me with. It is nice to find special deliveries in the garden. The weather continues to be rainy due to so many hurricanes barely missing my area.
I saw a show on PBS about the brain and its ability to maintain its sharpness as we age and one thing that helps to maintain brain function is taking time to smell the roses, rather to enjoy outdoor activities. I hope my gardening and the chalklenges are adding to my brain function.