After returning from the wedding I was best man for in Nova Scotia, I was all like "Oh shoot, the GROW project! I didn't post!"
Then I collapsed and slept for a whole six hours! Upon waking yesterday, I checked on my "Spitfire" in the windowsill at home--it looks the same as ever, except with a few more new leaves. I eventually made my way to Mr. Yogato to check on the ones there and discovered what I had hoped wouldn't be the case--the month full of 90-plus-degree temperatures unsoftened by any respectable rainstorms (barring two brief squalls that just teased the parched greenery) took its toll on my garden.
Of course, the Mr. Yogato employees don't feel any sense of ownership over the plants (although I have been trying to encourage them to clip flowers, use the mint, eat the strawberries)--they think of the garden as just the plants of that crazy guy who comes in occasionally. Some of them, sure, but they're also Mr. Yogato's plants. If they look unhappy, then visitors (those who notice the plants, anyway) will think that Mr. Yogato doesn't care for appearances. I asked the managers to encourage the employees to water the plants when they have down time while I was gone for a week, but I'm not sure if that happened.
Anyway, enough of the details: the plants are dried out and all crisp from DC's intense summer heat and unabated dryness.
I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds.
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