Mr. Yogato Garden

The Mr. Yogato garden is doing fairly well. It has been a month and a half since I planted there, but things are finally picking up as it gets hotter and the plants get sunlight, not just days upon days of rain.

Even some of the employees there don't seem to know that there are plants in front of the shop. But others notice. It doesn't stop them from putting spoons, cigarettes, or other such treasures in the planter beds, or from even stepping in them, but I know they do notice the plants.

Here's about 1/3 of the spread. Some of the strawberry plants didn't make it, some are doing pretty well. I'm waiting for them to thrive, but they'll do it in their own time. (They are mostly located in the top-right corner; there are others, but they're obscured by other plants in this photo.) At the middle-top, there's something from the morning glory family; they said it's an ornamental sweet potato-like thing. I have a fondness for purple (could you tell?), so I paid the $3.50 for it and stuck it where the Scarlet Runner beans should have come up but never did. The Cupressocyparis leylandii "Gold Rider" (Leyland cyprus) in the back corner is doing alright. It doesn't seem too happy, but it doesn't seem too upset, either. It's just waiting to adapt, I'm sure. There are some marigolds in there, too, and one of the Alternanthera dentatas (the other is alive as well, it's just not pictured). The Alternantheras seem to be doing well--they have new growth, and they get enough light for the leaves to be purple, as does the ornamental sweet potato-thing. I can't wait until they take off and get all busheriffic!

But look at the middle. I've been dancing around it so far. But it makes me want to dance! I had a friend text me a picture of this plant the other day. I bought it a few weeks ago at the farmers' market; a Datura moonflower (the Internets says it's probably D. inoxia. I don't really know enough about it. I remember having bought seeds when I was a teenager, but none of them had ever germinated, and guess what? Tons of things are called "Moonflower," even sweet potatoes! So whatevs.). I cannot wait to see its flowers open in person! Tomorrow night, I think, I'll hang around and see 'em. I think they only open at night (hence the "Moonflower" appellation), although someone said something along the lines of "They stay bloomed all day." I don't know if it was the sales guy; I seem to recall it was a girl or something, so probably not. Either way, the one flower looks like it has been just waiting to burst for almost a week, so I'm inclined to believe that it opens at night and I've just been seeing it wrapped up for the sun-shiny days.

This is the window planter. There were a few surprises in here, even for me. I had forgotten I planted strawberries underneath the right window. They're doing pretty well, along with their marigold friends. I also didn't know what zinnia seedlings looked like--I "weeded" most of them the other day, despite having put them there intentionally. I remembered I had dropped an old packet of zinnia seeds (bought at the same time as those famed Moonflower seeds) in the planter, but only after most of the seedlings had been ripped up from around the sunflowers.

Which, by the way, are looking beautiful! These guys... Well, I hope there's enough room down below to support their growth. I kind of just dropped a smattering of sunflower seeds in two plots and hoped for the best. I think the biggest are Titan sunflowers; there are three other varieties that will grow less tall, but the Titans are doing the best at the moment. I thinned them out about two weeks ago--I will have to do further thinning soon, but I've been waiting so I don't just pluck everything that isn't Titan. I think the ones that aren't slated to grow to 12 feet tall (like the Titans) might be better for the planter, but I want them to get bigger so I can identify the different varieties before I thin again.

Besides, if you look to the right side, that's where I keep my thinnings/weedings, so they can decompose and return nutrients back to the soil. I weeded/thinned and covered the bodies with a bit of dirt. Some of the sunflowers said "Eff that, a little uprooting isn't going to stop me!" and they have decided to keep on growing. I can't let them go, 'cause the purpose of planting them where they are is that they won't cover the windows and obstruct people's view into the store, so the little rebels will have to die (besides, they'll cover up the "Open" sign and the Soupergirl drop-off poster if they keep growing).

Oh yeah, the mint is doing alright. It's been having a bit of trouble getting established--some sprigs died outright. Others are establishing themselves, but they aren't going as crazy as I thought they would. Next year, maybe.

Just a close-up of one of the marigold flowers. Hopefully this will get bushy and beautiful, attracting bees to polinate the strawberries and sunflowers!

Here is some Verbena! It is beautiful, I think. It grows low to the ground, the stems root themselves, and the inflorescenses are incredibly delightful, deep purple. One stem (with roots at the end) got detached through the actions of someone who frequents the area (I don't know who the person was, but they stepped all up on my plant), so I stuck it in a different location and told it to get better and grow.

It didn't have a chance.

Grant, one of the owners/managers at Mr. Yogato, saw a bird swoop down, grab it up, and carry it off today. I can only assume the bird is going to use it for its nest. At least it's being used! I'd much rather lose plants to someone/something who will use it than to just buttmunchery. I can always get more Verbena to plant, once this one gets larger.

Now, this doesn't go with Mr. Yogato's garden, but I thought I'd share it in this post.

On Friday, I hauled one giant bag each of potting soil and compost back to work to transplant some stuff I had been rooting in styrofoam cups full of water. The two begonias were the only plants I bought in this spread, and they were transplanted earlier, and Brendan, the Pothos, and the Philodendron in the green planter have been there for a while. But the rest I stuck in dirt last Friday. Some Pothos that was sitting on top of the fridge in the kitchen, Philodendron from the administrative officer's office, two types of African violet from around (the kitchen and my boss's office), and a cutting of a palm tree type thing from my boss. I don't know how well the African violets or the palm tree will do. I remember as a child rooting African violet leaves like this. Or maybe I kept trying like that and I assume it worked? I'm not sure. The palm, well... I read a little, and people say that seeding is the way to propagate. I don't know if it'll work. If it doesn't, no harm done. If it does, happiness ensues!

There's also one pot unaccounted for--it has rue seeds and some jalepeno, I think, just for fun. It's too small a container for such growth these plants will have, but if they do well, I can always get a bigger pot.

The office lamp the plants surround? Two grow-light bulbs in it. Yeah, that's right. I operate a grow-op in my office.

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