Saturday, April 7, 2012

Status quo


The kitty's catnip is starting to bloom, but I seem to have forgotten whether I bought a creeping form last year. Why is this so flat?


Annual pansies and nemesias.


The lemon cucumber seedlings. The germination rate has not been good. Is it Botanical Interests seed, is it the Organic Mechanics Seed Starting Mix, or is it Me?

I mean, I don't need 16 cucumber plants, but that's what I sowed.


An oak across the road, in bloom. We live with the upper third storey of these three, tall trees. I love them.


The fig looks happy, though it is early days, yet. I'm always convinced I've killed it with the root pruning. How many will ripen this year? The famous 2010 crop was over 100; last year, just beyond 30.

I have also planted five tuberoses (what was I thinking?) in a pot of their own; five gloriosa lilies (spread around the terrace, total crapshoot) and ten Abyssinian gladiolus (that's fine, they like it here, I know). I got rid of the pink hardy begonia. It was time. I hated it, lush as it was. It has left its offspring, however, and this evening I moved the ones I could find to the steps of the building. I won't mind them, there.

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