It’s early Autumn in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.A. We have grown Zinnias from seed this year, and they are gorgeous! However, Zinnias are susceptible to powdery mildew fungus. The worst thing you can do to Zinnias is water them with an overhead sprinkler. The water stays on the leaves and leads to powdery mildew fungus. On a chilly Saturday morning, I awoke to the sound of the overhead sprinkler. My gardening partner knows about powdery mildew fungus because I have been talking about it all summer. I have asked him not to use the overhead sprinkler, but he chose to do so anyway …
A child’s response to someone hurting them might be to hurt them back. Sometimes as adults, we feel the same way, but we have to suppress those feelings, try to be mature and look at the big picture. The big picture is that they are only plants. We can always grow them again. As much as I love my plants, I love my gardening partner even more, much more! He has spent countless hours helping me garden by digging holes, transplanting large plants, pruning, fertilizing, watering, pulling weeds, and taking hundreds of videos! I have to say goodbye lovely Zinnias because they will be covered with fungus in a few days. It was an exciting and fun gardening season, especially watching the Monarch and Yellow Tiger Swallowtail butterflies enjoy the Zinnia nectar! Very soon, it will be time to put the garden to bed and prepare for Winter.
A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to my Purple Salvia. I woke up on a chilly Saturday morning, looked outside, and saw my gardening partner chopping up my Purple Salvia!
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