Saturday, May 5, 2018


Another Saturday, another Six-on-Saturday post. Hosted by The Propagator, this is a fun show-and-tell of gardeners. Do head on over to his blog to  see the other posts!

Finally the bloom period begins .Clearly, I need to plant more early-spring plants, but now I am luxuriating on all that is going on here.
1. Foxgloves. I started with three plants given by a friend. These self-seeded, and now I finally understand what David Culp means when he goes on about vertical accents in a garden. I just had round shapes before- now having these exclamation points here and there really makes a difference to interest level. But don't believe me, take a look

And because they self-seeded, where I  just had mauve before, now I have a spectrum from mauve to lime..sometimes on the same spike. Happy with this!

2. Speaking of lime..There is an old lemon tree on the property and every year it would give one or two lemonss which would pass unnoticed. Last year I tasted one and was shocked. They are sweet! I have never tasted a Meyer lemon, but Mian tells me that is close to what it tastes like. Not a bit of tang, just sugar. And so I hired a chap to dig up the area around it, mix in manure, and lay pipe that would take the kitchen sink overflow to the tree. I also took a friends advice and removed much of the fibrous root tangle that had developed over time. And then I limbed it up and deadwooded.
And now? It is full of bloom. We need to wait and see how many of these blooms actually translate into fruit, but it is good to see the old tree abloom again.

3. I have written about my spatrangi rose, but it is at its peak now. And so here are photos. Lots of photos- peach, pink, orange and the whole plant

4. Cupani. Not much of a show this year which is why you only get a closeup. But the fragrance! Lovely to have in the house.

5. Old rose. Not sure what the variety is, and is fairly ubiquitous here. But I love it and its faint tea fragrance.
6. Sedum. It flowered!

And would have flowered even more, but a hen came by and systematically decimated the plant of its buds.


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