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Late Summer Color, Or a Small Garden Saga

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Several years ago, I put a trellis in my garden where I wanted to grow roses. I did not succeed. After giving up that attempt I planted amaranth there. A few plants survived; when I returned from vacation they were bent over, going to seed. The next year I planted a few sunflower plants there. A few of them survived. They had competition from a few amaranth volunteers, which, like the year before, bent over. One was worth staking for a while.P1000625

This year I planted nothing in that section of the garden. Several sunflowers volunteers came up. They had reverted to a smaller, more native look. And there have been lots of them.P1000624

Several amaranth plants also appeared. Nothing special at first. Now, at the end of the season, a giant appears―a giant which is also absolutely straight. Nature has taken its time to do far better than I can.

At the opposite side of my yard I have a red-trumpet-flowered bush with dark green leaves. I bought it three years ago, and I have had to prune back the bushes on either side to keep them from crowding its space. It is blooming abundantly this year. Unfortunately I have lost the papers from my purchase and I can’t remember what its name is, or what feeding and pruning I should give it.P1000622

This week I took a piece of it with me to a small flower show. I found a piece of the same plant in one of the bouquets on exhibit. I asked around. Some people thought it a Cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis). Others suggested a salvia. The flower tube opens up into four equal narrow petals―unlike anything I can find on Google or in my native plant book. I guess I will have to keep calling it Red Trumpet Flower Bush.

Sin Fronters Journal Moves to Production

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The editorial decisions have been made. The acceptance and rejection notices have gone out (the last of them just this weekend). Now Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Issue #20 moves to the production phase.

It has been a busy summer.  We had many more submissions once we opened an email address. Half-again as many for poetry and about three times what we’ve had before for prose. We had a lot to work with and we think this will be a good issue. It is exciting to receive material from many different places around the world. We accepted more but we also had to turn down more than in the past few years.

After this first experience with email submissions, you can expect some changes in procedures next year. Be sure to check the website(www.sinfronterasjournal.com)  for the reopening of submissions in Spring, 2016.