During the last month and a half, we traveled all over (the world) for one reason or another. As a result the garden was left to tend for itself most of the time. Thanks to automated irrigation system, the plants are all fine. The only problem was that there are some plants scattered all over the yard that are normally hand-watered, just because I like doing it. Some of them, such as the zinnias, basil, chives, palm trees and some succulents, got severely stressed. Fortunately, I am not an emotional gardener - I threw away those that did not make it. The reason they died is that I was attending to more important things in life. Yes, there are more important things than the garden. Anyone who is says otherwise doesn't have life :)
Today I was in backyard filling up the bird feeders,watering, and taking pictures when I saw noticed that the grape vine attach itself onto the faucet as if it is trying to get water from it. It was trying to survive in my absence! 😄
Slowly over the years, my garden has evolved from a high to a low maintenance garden. First step was to eliminate all that are not supposed to be in my garden such as thorny roses. They are beautiful plants but they are not always beautiful. This gardener also does not fancy being poked by plants. Now, we are at the phase where, the fittest remain. A plant is fit for my garden if it not only survives but remain beautiful even when I do not tend to it for two weeks or more. These are the plants that a gardener can enjoy.