Flo’s Garden in February

Last year I completed construction on my backyard in April and finished planting new trees, shrubs, and flowers by mid May.  Unfortunately, due to the unusally hot weather in southern California and my lack of timing in planting, an alarmingly high number of plants died out;  it was well over 100 degrees in May and half of my bare root roses were killed.  Even my horticultural consultant lady reported a few of her own casualties.  So by the end of the year, many spots in my garden were bare. 

This year, I learned from my previous mistakes and planned way ahead.  I ordered my David Austin roses, as well as a few other plants, from the local Armstrong instead of on-line.  They delivered quality plants and I enjoyed great service last year; I definitely expect the same this year.

While waiting for my plants to come in, I captured a few images of life in my garden.  Those that survived the ordeal of the hot summer are thriving.

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Tylor’s Perfection Camilia. The first blossoms of the year, absolutely beautiful, brightened up my whole garden.

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Tylor’s Perfection Camilia. The most beautiful shade of pink.

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Peach. An unexpected guest from the winter crop.

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Black Jack Fig. Even though the fruits a bit on the dry side, it was nice to see it produce a second season of fruit in it’s first year.

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Lady Emma, David Austin roses. The first rose of the year.

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One of three Tangerine trees.

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One of three Tangerine trees.

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Mini Kishu Tangerine. Only one fruit was produced so far.

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Bountiful blueberries. It is absolutely fabulous. It even flowered in November and carried fruits in January.

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Total Recall, Bearded Iris.

More to report next month.

-Flo.

 

Christmas Tree in January?

Here’s our tree, still up in full Christmas glory at the end of January!  You might think we are a lazy bunch (which I don’t deny), but the truth is we just put this baby up in early January.   That’s a bit odd, you say.  Why are you so out of sync with the holidays, you ask.  Well,  that’s because I scored this baby and his ornament friends at a deep discount after Christmas, and oh boy, I saved a lot of money (about 50% off on the tree and over 75% off on the ornaments).  We didn’t miss having a tree during Christmas, because we visited aunt Lei and she had a beautiful tree.

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My beautiful tree arrived when we got home, I couldn’t resist putting it up to check it out.  It was a huge hit with the boys, they fight every night to turn the lights on.  It was so much fun that Mario and I even considered leaving it on the entire year.  But two weeks and four broken ornaments later, I knew it was time to pack it up.

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I love the light bulb snow man!

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We do need more ornaments to cover the entire tree, which means more shopping at the next after Christmas sale!

-Flo.