I’m about to veg out, literally. In a few minutes I’m going to be stopping by the store just up the street to collect a large amount of tomatoes and other veggies that won’t still be good on Tuesday when stores re-open. I went by there this morning to get some eggs and instant coffee and the store manager (who was tickled pink last week to see pictures of the celery growing in my garden –celery I’d bought from them) told me to come back at a quarter to 5 and he’d have all the veggies that they didn’t sell today ready for me to take home and eat or, those that are too far gone, compost for the garden. One of the things I really like about living in Bnei Brak are the connections I’ve made with folks in my neighbourhood — this little store, the post office folks, and many of my neighbours.
The neighbours, by the way, are really happy about the flowers I’ve put in. Everytime they see me, they are like wow, you are making the yard so pretty. This afternoon, while out watering, the vad bayit came up and asked if I could think of something to put in the area at our entrance to the apartment. So far, everything that is there has died, including the two impatien plants I’d put in (well, one of them is near death, the other totally toast — he was like, what happened to the pretty flowers you put here? Eh yeah). The problem is, that particular spot gets no direct or even dappled sun. Ever. So the evergreens that line our entrance do okay everywhere else along the line but not there. Dead as doornails. I really thought the impatiens would do ok there because I’ve grown them in ‘no sun’ locales before and they did great so long as they got enough water. I can’t tell whether it is a case of this just being too deeply shaded or whether it was because when the vad waters he isn’t exactly gentle about it with the nozzle-less hose (except for those two plants, I water everything else I put in myself with my little watering can).
I’d really like to get some flowers (preferably perennial) there to brighten things up but am open to other suggestions, so long as it isn’t bushes etc because of the cost. I’m wondering if thyme would do okay. Any ideas from you more handy gardening folks? 🙂