April 21, 2014

April Peek into the Greenhouse

Alison reminded us that it is time to look in the greenhouse again. Hers looks swell. She has seedlings of all kinds and even a blooming Brugmansia. Here's mine:

I washed the outside last week before the rains came.
What looks like a pile of rubble to the left is the new Urbanite and brick patio.

Evacuation started here when I thought cold weather was over. Some of the plants I moved out shivered for a night or two, but nobody froze. Epiphyllums are on a bench under the cedar tree behind gardenias and things, ready for warm nights so they can bloom.

Tomato plants got to stay inside a little longer because of the
cold rain. What looks like yellow leaves at the bottom are labels.

I haven't decided where Bromeliads are going to summer. Red Begonias and Alternanthera can go with them, or somewhere else. The rest of Begonias are already outside in shade.



My Easter tableau looked more like Christmas, but that's an
Easter Cactus. Rhapsalidopsis.

Here's where Rhapsalidopsis and Schlumbergera are summering.  

 Urbanite and Brick Patio. Surely you didn't think I was going to sit out there in the summer? Jungle cactuses summer in this same space last year on this same table. Now there's more room and I won't have to walk through weeds.


A closer look at brick seams between the broken concrete.

Another, bigger  Easter Cactus at back left. All tiny pots of 
Schlumbergera cuttings have been bumped up to the size that fits into cache pots. They are of cache pots for summer so they can easily drain after a rain. 

Waiting for summer homes in the ground are Pineapple Sage, Porterweed, Chartreuse Alternanthera and others.

 Propagation is an on-going process here.
Every little succulent leaf that falls gets to start life 
as a new plant. Every broken piece of something
goes into a pot to root, which is why I have too
many Epiphyllums and more.

If you haven't a greenhouse, then you must have a bright window or a grow light somewhere. Orchids are blooming in an east window here. What's blooming at your place?








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April 14, 2014

April Bloom Day

The big show of daffodils is over. Azaleas are done for another year. We have moved into full blown green and the weather is delightful.

Great wads of Philadelphus are blooming,
prolonging the 'dogwood' season.
 
Butterflies are out and mostly too quick for photos.
This Giant kindly posed.

'Snowball' Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum and Baptisia alba. Baptisia is not quite open.

Auricula eyed Sweet William Dianthus

Pure white Sweet William Dianthus

Bath's Pink Dianthus. 
 
Toadflax, Poppies and second growth Cabbages


Poppies are not as plentiful this year, but those blooming are wonderful. The first Corn Poppy bloomed today, no pic of it.

 
California Poppies, well placed here. Blooming with Amaryllis

"Exotica" Amaryllis -- worth the wait.
 

My Petunia patch from last year has not returned.
One Laura Bush Petunia, blooming with Sedum Acre.
 
Irises and Roses are blooming. I didn't make pics of blue Louisiana Iris and the pretty German Iris white with yellow falls and orange beard from Janie V. KnockOut Roses are a knockout. Reine des Violettes and the little sweetheart rose Cecilie Brunner are in bloom.
 
Happy Bloom Day.
 

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