Typically, I like deadheading my flowers. Watching a plant go from messy and unattractive to tidy and beautiful is one of my favorite things. But like most other outdoor activities this time of year, I don’t want to.
So, like I stated in my last blog post, Thrillers, Spillers and Fillers, I will tackle this one pot at a time. Breaking up daunting tasks, like 15 pots needing attention, into smaller groups, makes them more manageable. Then I feel it’s more of a hobby, less of a chore.
Over the past weekend, I managed to deadhead two pots. The gaillardia looks gorgeous after its trim. The blooming flowers buried by the dead flowers now shine and stand out.
With the gomphrena, I may have gotten carried away. This plant now looks sparse, but then I remind myself of the ultimate goal of deadheading- to send energy to produce new blooms. (When a flower is done blooming, the plant puts its energy into going to seed thereby forfeiting production of new flowers.)
So in other words, if you go a too far in your deadheading, don’t worry, you will reap a colorful reward in the following weeks.
by Cara Mia Bohardt, Desert Gardener
Do you enjoy deadheading your flowers?