Monday, July 19, 2010
"Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie"
Summer heat hit Southern California with a vengeance last week. With temperatures in the triple digit range many plants are struggling just to stay alive. Watering has become extremely important and hopefully plants have been selected for the garden to deal with our Mediterranean climate: plants with interesting foliage; low watering needs and brightly colored flowers that can stand out against the intense summer sun...no quiet pastels now!
It is with this in mind and maybe in an attempt to cool off a bit, that I harkened back to some of the photographs I had taken of flowers in my spring garden this year. For the summer one selects plants that will flourish in adversity. But as I remember Jan Smithen,author of Sun-Drenched Gardens: the Mediterranean style and gardening instructor extraordinaire saying once in class: "spring takes care of its self".