As our growing season winds down, I am still evaluating the performances of this year’s ornamentals and vegetables. Here are two more results from my garden.
I had some single aster seeds hanging around and tossed them into a little pot. I was so cavalier about it that I didn’t even save the seed packet, so I cannot tell you which cultivar I planted. I watered them along with all my other “deck plants” throughout the hot, dry summer, but all I could see were small green stems and a few leaves. Then, in September, one flower opened, followed by more. This is the final result, which I think is very pretty and sweet. I have the pot on the coffee table in our living room where the flowers have been blooming for weeks! Too bad I don’t have that darn seed packet! I would love to repeat these next year.
This was an experiment for me. I have never grown melons before, but I bought seeds of cultivars that are supposed to do well in short growing seasons – “Collective Farm Woman” from Russia and “Oka” from Montreal, Canada. I watered them dutifully, (without getting the leaves wet) and we sure had plenty of sun and heat, so I don’t know what went wrong. The leaves are mostly brown and shriveled, and I have a measly 2 little golf ball sized fruits. Pathetic. I will not try this again.