Six on Saturday – 21 Aug, 2021

The odd summer is continuing onward, bringing more fog and a morning with light drizzle. It’s still cooler day by day, almost like summer decided it was done out here before August is. Whichever way the weather decides to go, many of the plants are growing like it’s spring again. That’s also a little weird, so I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen next.

If you’ve got a garden you want to show off, don’t hesitate to write your own Six on Saturday post! They’re easy to make and I’d certainly enjoy taking a look at more gardens. If you want to learn how they work, check out where it all started!

Some of the leaves are really standing out to me as being quite beautiful. The mint leaves are quickly turning into some of the brightest specimens in the garden, with each leaf a perfect spritz of deep minty green. I’m amazed at how perfect each leaf is turning out. I still haven’t eaten one, but I plan to change that very soon.

The original polka dot plants is getting pretty leggy. I’ve been neglecting to prune it for a long time, and each of the stalks has grown straight up and nearly leafless. I have to prune it pretty seriously if I want to get it back to a bushy state soon. Even if I don’t, it’s been pretty good at self-seeding into other pots, and I have more than a few little seedlings to start over from. The red version isn’t showing up as often as the white version, but I’d like to keep both for a long time yet.

Be sure to check out my latest guided meditation!

The Quiet of the High Desert Mindful Foliage

The cornflowers won’t stop blooming, sending up bud after bud each week. The old ones are still drying on the vine while the new ones are bursting with color. They’ve changed to a more pale shade of purple over time, but this new shade seems to suit the overcast weather.

I’m also excited to finally eat some of the shishito peppers. They were supposed to start blooming much earlier, but the weather had a different agenda in mind. The peppers are growing in bright and strong, wonderfully wobbly in shape. I’ve heard they’re pretty spicy, but there’s only one way to find out! Or a dozen ways, if I’m patient and wait for the others to grow to a proper size.

The cow’s horn euphorbia is finally growing a little extension. It’s a cutting that’s over two years old, and I guess finally felt comfortable. I’m hoping the plant will be able to support itself as it starts to grow taller – the bottom section is coming out of the side of the pot nearly horizontal. If another piece breaks off, I guess it’ll just be another cutting waiting to be planted.

The sensitive plant is showing off all its many colors. I had read that this plant has a memory, and I’m starting to believe it. The newer leaves don’t respond to being petted in the same way as the plant used to. I would tap the top of the leaves lightly, and they would close up. Now I have to tap them on the top and bottom for them to move. Maybe I should stop bugging my plant so much?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a pleasant time checking out the plants. If you’re in the mood for more nature, please stay in touch!


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