Good news! After months of drought, we finally have rain. Yep, Friday and Saturday … and maybe more to come. I had to nip out between showers to take these photographs and as I write this it is still raining! The smell of rain is wonderful and you can almost hear the plants singing as they get drunk on fresh rain rather than grey recycled water, swimming pool backwash and tap water which even I won’t drink.
My Six for this Saturday focuses on flowers… oh and my new mint plant!
I invested in several Dipladenia after my petunias, planted as seeds and nurtured for months, failed to offer the display of flowers pictured on the seed packet. I chose Diplandia as the plant I bought last year is still offering prolific blooms.
2. Sickly Fushia
Sigh. I may just give in with these and start afresh. I think the demise of the two cuttings is due to lack of water/feed as I’ve not been as attentive to my plants due to mobility issues. However, the fuschia I bought from the garden was always going to struggle because when I got ome I discovered its roots were brown and already rotting. In fact, I’ve had several plants from the same garden centre and they’ve all struggled to survive.
3. Mint – A new addition to my herb collection
After watching various cookery shows on TV where the chefs have numerous pots of herbs within easy reach I felt inspired to grow some in pots on the terrace. To start my collection I intended to buy lemon thyme and chocolate mint. The garden centre had neither in stock so I returned home with spearmint. It makes delicious tea!
And just in case I manage to kill it I’ve taken some cuttings. Is this how you root mint cuttings?
4. I Love Oleander!
I have several Oleander bushes in my garden but this double pink variety is my favourite. While taking the photograph I realsied I need to remove all the shhots at the base of the plant.
5. Euphorbia Siraya
I bought this Euphorbia Siraya back in April and it has flowered ever since. However, its abundant blooms make it top-heavy so I will need to replant in a deeper pot and provide some support.
When this orchid stop flowering I divided into two plants. I then discovered two bulbous offshoots (the brown pointy thing) and decided to plant them separately. They are now sprouting green shoots from the base, so fingers crossed these will continue to thrive and I will have four plants instead of one!
December last year
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