The Difference a Little Rain Makes

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It is amazing the difference between this year and the previous years of drought. The whole garden is just putting on more growth than I’ve seen in a long time. I’d practically forgotten what it’s like. I spent half of the weekend dividing and planting and potting. The other half I sat and looked at the flowers and listened to the birds. There was a huge monarch flitting about and I’ve already seen evidence of her progeny, holes nibbled in the leaves of the milkweed.

The hummingbird was doing his courting dance, doing a big, swooping dive in front of his girlfriend. I can only see them every once in a while, but I sure do hear him, the hummingbird Doppler effect. Zooooom, swoop to the right, zooooom, swoop to the left. I don’t know if his ladyfriend is impressed, but I am.

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The tree on the right in this photo is much less full than the one on the left. Last year I thought that it might be some condition of placement or nutrients available. This year I think it’s the squirrel. A couple of weeks as the tree was just starting to leaf out, the squirrel spent hours grazing on the new growth. I have no problem thinking that one determined squirrel can remove most of the new leaves on a tree that size. I haven’t seen the squirrel in the last week or so. Wonder if there are baby squirrels?

Seeds

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I hand fertilized my Haemanthus albiflos this year and I’m getting quite a few seeds. I guess they’re fruit rather than seeds, and not ripe. They turn orange when ripe, but I planted them anyway. I set up nursery pots in places I pass by often so I won’t neglect them. Then I put cutting and seeds in it.

Calancho

Sometimes those pots end up with the most interesting combinations.

Friday Favorite – haemanthus albiflos

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This is one of my favorite plants. Probably mostly because I’ve had it forever. It’s also one of the plants that I decided should go where it wants to go, instead of where I want it to be. It’s much happier now. The burnt foliage has been replaced with happy green leaves and it’s blooming away. I think I’ll try hand pollinating it and see if I can get some viable seeds this year.I should probably divide and re-pot it, but I hate to mess with something that’s doing so well.

I don’t know why

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Euphorbia guiengola

I don’t know why I had to have this plant. Especially after it arrived I didn’t know why I had to have this plant. It was three sticks in a box. Maybe I saw something at one of the cactus shows. I stuck them in a plastic pot and watered them irregularly and they produced a few flowers. Which the rescue pigeon promptly ate. And I wondered again why I bought this plant.

Well, the weather cooled (a little bit, for a little while) and it produced some leaves and more flowers and I’m starting to appreciate it a little. Still wonder what made me buy it in the first place.