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Sarah's Garden Week 20: Water, Water Everywhere

(Editor's note: Don't forget... Sarah's Garden is one of 20 gardens featured in the 1st Annual South Philly Garden Tour, taking place tomorrow from 11am to 3pm. Check-in begins at 10:30am at Urban Jungle. Click here for information about how to get your tickets in advance and to learn about the great food and drink specials being offered by local businesses throughout the neighborhood. Special thanks again to our sponsors: PhillyCarShare, Bennett Compost and Urban Jungle!) Maybe I spoke too soon last week?  This rain seems never-ending!  On the plus side, my basil seems to be enjoying itself: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="bright green!"]photo.JPG[/caption] And fig is growing and growing.  I love watching the tiny new growth: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="figs!"]photo.JPG[/caption] The fig seems to love these really steamy days when the air is so humid it's almost raining but not quite and it kind of feels like a steam room (not that I've ever been in a steam room, I'm just assuming.) Something that is probably not enjoying the steamishness of the weather is this little creature: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="nice one"]photo.JPG[/caption] This is a Crown of Thorns and it really is quite thorny:  the other day I asked it if it was enjoying its spot by the sunflowers and it totally ignored me!  The nerve!  (Sorry, couldn't help it.)  It may have even bristled!  (Okay, now I'm really done.)  But seriously, I love how this little one looks and its stems are truly covered in long, sharp thorns.  But!  It's a succulent and likes things on the dry side.  Oops!  Maybe if you adjusted your attitude, little prickly one... The interesting thing about the Crown of Thorns is that it flowers nearly year-round.  And the flowers are actually very small - it's the little leaves around the flowers that are that nice shade of pink.  I hope all this rain doesn't kill you, Crown of Thorns, cause I like you, even if you are...caught myself!  Actually I just can't think of any more synonyms for "thorny" right now, so thank your lucky stars, reader(s), and be glad I'm too lazy to use even an online thesaurus. If you made it this far you either have a high tolerance for bad puns or maybe you're just awesome.  Either way, please enjoy my littlest sunflower, peeking its head up over the table just barely: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="baby"]photo.JPG[/caption] This one was in a perhaps over-planted pot (what?  space is limited out here) and somehow it's only about half the size of its neighbors.  But that's okay, sunflower, you're adorable and bees will still love you for your pollen. Garden tour is Saturday!  Hopefully we'll have no rain and a good turnout.  I've got lots more horrible puns up my sleeve that I will happily regale you with if you just ask. Sarah DeGiorgis has lived in Philly for five years and is finally starting to feel like a true Philadelphian, though she still detests cheesesteaks.  She enjoys reading, watching bad tv, eating and cooking good food and digging in the dirt. Catch up with her continuing efforts to grow food in South Philly by clicking here.