I do not know if you recall the sad affair of the fraudulent cactus of a few years back, but in the meantime, I moved the cactus outside. And lo, and behold! It actually bloomed–for real!–this summer. The blooms only lasted a day, but they were quite pretty.
In other gardening news, my tomatoes grew hale and hearty, and I got 5 tomatoes off of them before the weather turned too hot and sterilized them. There were more, but some asshole squirrel decided to take a bite of each (instead of just finishing off one whole one) and those were lost. I’m hoping to keep the plants alive, and maybe I’ll get a couple more come fall. We shall see. The ones I did get to eat were delicious, though.
As for the status of the rest of my garden…
As for the rest of my attempts, the watermelon, the lemongrass and the Roman chamomile? They’re dead, Jim. The watermelon seedlings couldn’t survive outside, despite daily watering. The lemongrass sprouted but never really took, and I put too many Roman chamomile seeds in one pot, wherein they grew, but stagnated at a certain point because they were all tangled up in each other. I took the time to gently separate them and repot them with more real estate, but none of them survived the transplanting, the primary enemy being, as usual here, the sun. It’s just too hot outside for many plants. The two kinds of oriental poppies I planted never came up at all, and neither did the garlic chives. And the Calendula, Peppermint, Purple of Sicily Cauliflower seeds I ordered were never shipped by the seller; still trying to get either my seeds or my money.