It is not fall here. Daytimes have still been ninety degrees. But, the humidity has dropped and acorns are beginning to drop along with evening temperatures. And, I went to a garden center today.
I really want to cover the ground with plants and "ground covers" seem perfect for that task! Some creeping jenny would be good there too. Every year I add a few more chrysanthemums and sprinkle feverfew seeds in the hopes that the space will fill up.
There is a house I drive past regularly which has lots of landscaping. I stopped one day last November to take a photo of a purple bloom they had covering a large patch near the street. It has taken me almost a year to identify it, but the fall blooming "obedient plant" is the name. I am trying to find out who lives there so I can invite myself over to dig some up!
The boys have piano lessons on different days. The teacher lives nearby but I find it annoying to drive one of them over for a 45 minute lesson and come home in the middle. I try to get started on something and then have to turn around to go pick them up. So, running an errand seems easier. Taking a quick peek in the garden center once a week would work well, maybe alternating which kid joins me.
Two friends have offered to let me dig up native plants from their yards this fall. I think in another month it will be much better. The plants I got today will take coddling to make it through the rest of Atlanta's heat.
But I'm back outdoors, at least a bit. July and August are not good for my yard. I'm ready to give it some love and bring it back to life!