Flo’s Garden in March

As the weather gotten warmer, my garden is coming back to life. 

The blossoms from the blueberry bushes turned into fruits.  There must be hundreds in each bush, and that times eight bushes equal to a constant supply of ripped blueberries.  This is particularly wonderful for Ravi, because foraging for fresh blueberries is the only way he’ll eat them.

 

Blueberries bushes full of fruits

Blueberries bushes full of fruits

Though the tangerine trees haven’t gain much height, they are doing wonderfully well by showing beautiful light green new leaves and covered with fragrant blossoms.

Tangerine Blossoms

Tangerine Blossoms

Half of my thyme border died last year, but the remaining three are thriving.  There’s probably more thyme than I ever need in the kitchen.

Thyme

Thyme

I kind of remember Maxie’s favorite fruit in the backyard to be strawberries last year, though I am not sure if he ate any or just played with them till they became mush.  In any case, I decided that I am going to grow tones of them.  So this is my first batch, store bought.   I do have plans to grow a couple of varieties from seeds; we’ll cover that in a different post.

New strawberries

New strawberries

I got to admit, I really like lamb’s ear.  It has a fantastic texture and a silver highlight to it.  The couple that I plant last year all survived the winter and is doing really well.

Lamb's Ears

Lamb’s Ears

Peach blossoms!  I hope I will be able to eat peach off the tree this year.

Peach blossoms

Peach blossoms

One of the most expensive plants I bought last year was forest pansy, and I had to buy two!  Though they broke my bank, they are indeed beautiful.  The color of leaves changes as the season goes on, so facinating to look at.  A week ago the branches were bare, now they are covered with beautiful pink flowers.  I would expect they will be covered with leaves soon.

Forest Pansy blossomed before beautiful red leaves appeared.

Forest Pansy blossomed before beautiful red leaves appeared.

The saddest casualty in my backyard last year was that all four of my loropetalums ($45 each at 5 gallon)!  I am going to contribute that to lack of soil amentment when they were being planted.  This is another reason why I would never again let someone else plant for me.  This year, I bought the 1.5 gallon version for $15 and added all kinds of compost and fertilizer.  So far, they are doing fantastic!  I hope to keep these alive this year.

Loropetalum, Sizzling Suzanne, in season.

Loropetalum, Sizzling Suzanne, in season.

My beautiful princess lilies, survived the winter with flying colors by adding some much needed green to the garden.  I plan on getting a few more in different color to add to my garden.

Princess Lily

Princess Lily

-Flo 

 

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