Cheery Blooms

This time of year it is hard to tell if it is late winter or early spring.  The temperatures are going from 80’s to 30’s depending on the day. Thankfully, there are some blooming plants cheering up the season. The Nasturtiums, started from seed, have done really well in the strawberry pot and can be viewed from my kitchen window.

The Purple Oxalis Triangularis prefers to bloom on cool days and takes its rest in the summer.

Kalanchoe’s electric colors joins the other two potted plants on the patio to brighten up the day.

I bought these Ageratums one deary flowerless winter and have been surprised that they keep coming back.  They start putting out growth in the fall.  I didn’t bother to learn what kind they were, as I thought they were annuals and would die.  They are reproducing on their own and maybe I’ll eventually have a bed full of them.

Firespike, Odontonema strictum, is another passalong that grows really well.  I did some gardening no-no’s and threw some cuttings around my wooded area and they rooted.  Now I have several clumps around the yard.  They do attract my winter hummingbirds and add color to the season.

Kalanchoe daigremontiana or Mother of Thousands, probably Mother of Millions, really put on  a show this year.  Mother can grow in just a bit of soil and reproduces like crazy.  I pull up hundreds or thousands every year. It is from another part of the world and likes to bloom in the winter.  This year with no freezes, the plant reached its potential. There are 13 flower heads blooming. Its unusual flowers with many subtle  shades of color is what makes me keep it around.


A Spring Day

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There is nothing more wonderful than garden surprises.  This was blooming in a patch of Walking Iris.  It has never bloomed before and where it came from is a mystery.

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With more buds, it will be blooming for days to come.

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An early spring bloomer.  It has a scent and the bees love it.

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This plant has a sprawling habit, but is a reliable bloomer even after a freeze.  Unfortunately, its name has been lost.  Any help identifying these two would be appreciated.

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Cedar Waxwings also visited the Automatic Garden today.  They took time out from eating red berries for something tasty on this Bradford Pear.

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This Kalnachoe was purchased in a grocery store two years ago.  It came with an expiration date and has survived long after its time.  The plant became leggy, so it was trimmed and cuttings were stuck in a pot.  Now it is more beautiful than before.

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Another garden surprise showed up.  These Johnny Jump-Ups reseeded themselves.  In the Automatic Garden the soil is rarely disturbed and it allows plants to self-sow.