I've had a conversation with the plants in my garden this week. There was plenty of time for it too as the mild temperatures and low humidity were perfect for working in the yard. And believe me, there's a ton of work that needs to be done out there.
Conversing with the flowers isn't part of my usual routine but some of them needed a good talking to. Like the bushy green things in the front of this picture:
I'd tell you what they are but I don't know. When we visited the Texas Hill Country in 2010, we made a stop at Wildseed Farms where I picked up a handful of (what else) flower seeds. It was late July so the packets just hung out on my desk until Spring 2011 when I planted a bunch of them. My usual organizational skills must have been on the blink then because I didn't save the packets. Or maybe I didn't expect them to make it through the winter since I did nothing to protect them and tossed the information. At any rate, these are one of two sets of plants that came from those seeds. The other one is lavender which is in a pot and I did save the package on that one. The identity of this plant, however, is a mystery.
But it's green and growing...vigorously, in fact. That tallest spike is almost waist-high now and shows no signs that it's ready to stop. I keep looking down in the center, hoping for a bud to make an appearance but so far all I'm getting is more leaves.
And that's the basis for our conversation. I gave these plants a pep talk in the hopes that they'd produce some blooms but I followed it up with a threat. Bloom or be gone. I'll give them the rest of the summer and fall to show a color other than green or they're history. One thing is clear: If they ever do bloom, I won't have to bend over to inhale their scent.