Thursday, August 25, 2005
This is one of my favorite plant names. It may become one of my favorite natives too. I transplanted a seedling to my garden about six months ago. They have long taproots so it is not easy to transplant mature plants. The seedling is growing new leaves and is about 8" tall now. This photo is from a "wild" plant. Hummingbirds love it too. I also have a couple of seedlings of a pink species too.
Madegascar Palm Not
I found this magnificent bug on a leaf of our Guanabana tree yesterday. It wasn't eating, just hanging out--I moved it to take its portrait. Guanabana is related to Cherimoya. The flesh is creamy white tropical ambrosia, if you've never been lucky enough to try it. I just noticed a few flower buds so I'm hopeful that we'll finally get some fruit.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Yankee Weeder -- the Best
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Tune Plant Color with Water
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Fiddler Serenades Tree--New Leaves Pop
It almost seems like Juan Angel's (Johnny Angel) music caused this Palo San Juan (Forchammeria watsonii) to leaf out. It happened in about 5 days. These are wonderful evergreen trees, in the Caper family, believe it or not. In the spring, some trees look sickly and start dropping their leaves. We've learned not to worry since this usually signals that a complete flush of new leaves is on its way. Seems odd to have it flower and leaf out in August, but what do I know? I'll have to start keeping track of individual trees bloom times.
Flower of the Day
The flower buds on this native Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus brandegeei) started in June and I tossed some water on it a couple of times last week to give it a jolt. The native Hedgehogs in the "wild" are not blooming yet--they have buds, but are hoping for a little rain first. No real rain yet this summer-- just a few drops a couple of times. We're all hoping it will come soon, but then so will the mosquitos.....
Pomegranates are amazing shrubs for the desert (native to Iran). We've had one for 6 or 7 years and at times we've been really mean, by cutting off its water--sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Despite everything, it always looks great and has flowers and fruit after the summer/fall rains. This is a flower bud, the scarlet petals will pop out of the center in a few days. The calyx becomes the outside of the fruit. We have some nearly ripe fruit--can't wait to sample them.