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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday selections # 379?

Welcome back to Sunday Selections

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.

Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


This week we are back in my garden:

my jades are covered in buds,

some of which are about to open. In a short time the bushes will be a mass of starry pink blossoms.

my elephant ears are doing very well, multiplying at a great rate

and look at these aeoniums!

the black ones are doing better now the summer heat has passed, but the roots are shallow and they keep falling over. I should have buried the stems deeper when I planted.

the coprosma doesn't seem to be making any headway at all. According to the label, this should be 1.5 metres tall by now, instead it is stuck at 50cm, but at least it is still alive and colourful.

this pelargonium is leaning quite a long way, reaching for the sun, if I anchor one of the stems with a tent peg, perhaps it will send down new roots and stabilise.

my rhubarb has a few red stems, probably ready for cutting, but being short and thin, they won't go far. I can stew them with just a couple of apples for a single serve dessert.

the 'hen and chickens' that I have forgotten the name of is spreading quite wide now, I had several of these, but pulled out most of them as they were intruding upon other plants.

the white geranium is looking nice and lush too

the succulents in the bird baths...

are being quite badly chewed, I suspect earwigs, the garden is full of them.

my cat mint bounces back every time I remember to put some water in the pot, Lola loves to roll around in a couple of stalks when I pick some for her.

on my porch table, the Angels have exchanged positions, the base of the larger one fits perfectly on the base of the upturned empty pot.

now let's take a quick look at something I saw on V's verandah, which has a roof shading it from the hot sun:

her zygocactus is flowering!

it has about ten of these lovely salmon coloured blooms.



















34 comments:

  1. Loving your garden. Green and lovely. I must go and check on our zygote cactus. The Christmas cacti are blooming. A bit.

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  2. Elephant's Child; my Christmas cacti cuttings are growing, but very slowly and being badly chewed by something. I'll have to get those pots off the ground. and maybe into more sunshine? or do they prefer a bit of shade?

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    1. Sunshine. They thrive on lots of sunshine. And in hanging pots ours don't miss a beat. Or get eaten. Except by cockatoos.

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  3. Someone has a green thumb.

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    1. joeh; for a long while I thought I had a case of black thumb, but things appear to have turned around. Perhaps I found just the right plants for this area.

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  4. Anyone would think it is spring in your garden and all so lush. Odd about the coprosma. They usually grow like weeds.

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    1. Andrew; I suspect the coprosma is root bound, I planted them carelessly in a hurry and expected the to adjust. One died and I did dig up this one and spread the roots a bit, but there is a lot of root competition from other things. I may move it in the early spring.

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  5. I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day, River. :)

    My landlords grow a lot of rhubarb on this property. It grows well here...we have rich, deep red soil. They sell it on Sunday mornings at the ..."The Green Shed"...where local growers sell their fresh produce.

    Have a good week, River...cuddles to Lola. :)

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    1. Lee; this rhubarb used to grow very well at my daughter's house where it had been well established even before we moved in there. I dug it up and took a few pieces for here where most of them died and so did K's. This struggling little plant is all that is left :(
      I had a lovely Mother's Day, thank you.

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  6. Such a pretty garden! Although i help someone in his garden when he asks, he has to tell me everything as i have a black thumb and have managed to kill even silk houseplants. My hat is off to all who can grow things!

    Today, all i have is outdoor shots and kittens.

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    1. messymimi; I didn't think it was possible to kill silk houseplants :(
      Thank you, my garden mostly survives without any help from me these days.

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  7. I've always known zygocactus simply as Christmas Cactus, for when it bloomed. Except, every one I've had has bloomed all year long.

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    1. Joanne; I thought they were the same plant too, but apparently they're not. Elephant's Child tells me they're different and her Christmas cactus does look different from V's zygocactus.

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  8. I always enjoy your garden photos...

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  9. How green is your garden and the beauty is that most of the plants need little care. My kind of garden.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; that's precisely why I chose these plants. A year or two of watering to get them established, any that died got replaced with a type that hadn't died and now I barely need to look after it. Just a weekly watering during a heatwave.

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  10. My late mum had a huge rhubarb patch in her garden and was forever trying to persuade visitors to take a load away with them! I did occasionally take soe home but rhubarb crumble is my only rhubarb recipe!

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    1. Around My Kitchen Table; I'm thinking of buying an new one in a larger variety and see how well it does, because we all like apple&rhubarb crumble with vanilla custard.

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  11. I've always been a fan of the Christmas Cactus.

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    1. only slightly confused; I like most cactus types too, especially when they flower.

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  12. Your garden is doing well considering the summer we had.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle; I'm a bit surprised too, I only gave it about three waterings from December to March.

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  13. I've never seen buds on a jade plant. My mom had elephant ears (trying to resist making a joke out of that!) and hens and chickens. My grandma had a geranium in her dining room, and I think it stunk!

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    1. val; I'm trying very hard NOT to picture your mum as Dumbo....
      When the jade buds open I'll post photos.

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  14. Goodness, your zygocactus flowering and I don't think mine have any buds on them, I expect this is the soil in the pots...They came from my late parents house, only bloomed for a few years.

    Like Jade plants but we don't have one. Your plants looks healthy, there is always something growing no matter what season.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; it isn't my zygocactus, but yes it is flowering. I'm very happy with my jades, they've done well.

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    1. fishducky; thank you, not much due to me, I just chose plants that could survive on their own.

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  16. I rescued a Jade plant from hard rubbish last year and it's flourishing in my backyard wilderness but I will have to check if it's even close to flowering.
    I look forward to pics of yours in full bloom!

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    1. Jayne; jades are good like that, a bit of soil, a bit of water and they're happy. They love the sun.

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  17. I have never seen a jade plant blooming before. It's not something we see much of here so I'm glad to see your pictures.

    Beautiful photos, River. That cactus looks like what we know as Christmas cactus because it blooms here just before Christmas, given our cooler fall weather in October and November.

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  18. . . . and now I read the comments and find the subject of cacti has already been covered :)

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  19. macro shots are great...allow us to enjoy the beauty we would otherwise overlook. Cheers

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