Sunday, August 16, 2015

Neither rain, wind, hail, or...

…armadillos can kill/destroy/hurt our beautiful moss rose plants (see below...)!

TLC and I split a couple of flats of plants that Little Leighton’s pre-school was selling as a fundraiser back in April. We got impatiens, lantana, purple sweet potato vines and moss rose. We each ended up with six small moss rose plants. I had The Country Casa Gardener (aka My Sweet Hubby aka MSH) place four of said plants in one big pot and two in a smaller one. They were positively beautiful! Growing. Thriving. Then came a huge hail/thunder/rainstorm in May that beat the living you-know-what out of all six plants. (Don't get me wrong: We needed rain. Even in the form of hail. It was very much appreciated by all of us in Texas.)

About six weeks ago, out of desperation, I asked MSH to re-plant the four in the big pot into the ground by our guest room/Little Leighton's entrance door. MSH and I never, ever, EVER plant seasonal color plants in the actual ground in any garden. We’ve been here, in our home, for over fifteen years. We learned about thirteen years ago that any pretty color/seasonal plants would be destroyed/dug up by armadillos. All of the perennials have to be put into pots. However, the sweet little moss rose plants were languishing—horribly—and I thought: What the heck? Might as well see if we could save them by putting them in the ground.

Drum roll, if you please………………..

Here are those poor wittle pitiful moss rose plants today!

From a distance…



Up close and personal…



Actually, I took these pictures several days ago. The plants are even fuller and prettier now. AND…in fact…these plants have been uprooted at least twice in the past six weeks by EVIL armadillos...yet, still, they love where they’ve been planted!

I’m NOT a gardener. My Nana? The Quintessential Gardener Extraordinaire. Me? Not so much. But I’m quite proud of these babies, thank you. Thank you very much!

Hope You Sillies have some bloomin’ flowers wherever in this World you are residing…

smooches and hugs…

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