Last Spring I sowed their little seeds directly in the garden. When they began to germinate I was so excited. The pep talks, watering and fertilizing began...more pep talks, more watering. (I know I am not the only gardener that transforms into a garden sideline cheerleader) After a couple of months some of the plants started dying others looking like they were about to. The frustration was setting in big time, I really wanted the beautifully striped blooms in my garden. What's a smart gardener to do? Use the tough love method. Ignore them. They will either make it or not on their own, after all, I had done all I knew to (over) do. The watering stopped, the fertilization stopped and the pep talks were more like, Oh, I see you are still hanging around.
The first three photos are how the two Gazania plants look now 4 months after my tough love method started. I say it's been a successful method with them. Why the frustration Darla? We all love low maintenance plants. Lesson learned: Get to know your plant's personality and the care they need. The tough love method was hardest on me...I wanted to hover and that's not what they needed.
Size 8"-10" x 10" - 12" (First three photos taken Nov. 28. 2010)
Bloom Time - Early Summer through Fall
Neutral to Alkaline Soil-Well drained
Today I am Thankful for the lessons I learn from gardening. I find I apply them to other areas of my life. (hovering is not always a good thing)