Sometimes on the way to your dream,

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Selections #385

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.


today we are back in my garden:

remember all the buds on my jades? I was hoping the whole hedge would flower at once and put on a real show

that didn't happen as you can clearly see, perhaps when they are a bit older

the centre of the pigface has been eaten by something, there are dropped 'leaves' on both sides

one of my chooks is in danger of being over run by the hen-and-chickens plant, I'll have to move him in the spring

the pelargonium that was reaching for the sun is now almost completely flattened to the ground

so I've propped up the branches a bit with this large piece of bark about one inch thick,

and scraped a whole lot of surface soil over the buried end and up the branches a bit, maybe the newly buried part will grow roots and stabilise the plant more

the hoya is doing SO MUCH better since I moved it away from the blistering heat of the front porch

I'm hoping this long stem will be the first of many flowering stems

my philodendron, Devil's Ivy, has had a set back, probably got munched on by earwigs

but the elephant's ears are going gangbusters!

it looks like I might get a couple of edible rhubarb stems this year and if you look at the top left corner, that bright yellow/green leaf is a new baby plant growing and over to the right, directly opposite is another baby rhubarb with a bronzed/green leaf. Finally, the plant is multiplying.













26 comments:

  1. If you need any plants killed, I'd be happy to lend you my BROWN thumb!!

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    1. fishducky; not at all necessary, I have one of my own, but thank you.

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  2. My sister's hoya hung in the center of an old canary bird cage stand. She trained the vines around the frame. It was lovely when it bloomed. I must ask how it's doing now.

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    1. Joanne; you've just given me a great idea, a stand with a big old bird cage on it right under the hoya so it can wind and twine through it, thanks.

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  3. Loving your garden. Fingers crossed for the hoya. Ours gets almost no direct sun and blooms happily.

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    1. Elephant's Child; I always thought hoyas needed sun, but I'm happy to be proved wrong.

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  4. I was given a most beautiful variegated gardenia the other day...red and white. It is stunning.

    Enjoy the coming week, River. I hope it treats you kindly. Cuddles to Lovely Lola. Sham is here curled up on my lap...demanding her land rights!! :)

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    1. Lee; I didn't know gardenias came in colours, I thought they were only white. I'd love to see a photo of it.

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    2. My boo-boo, River...It is a variegated camellia...not gardenia. I let my guard down!

      It is just like the one depicted here...

      https://www.camforest.com/product_p/c-tbabyvar3g.htm

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  5. It seems like your gardening efforts are doing great things for mini wildlife in the area, just not so good for the plants.

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    1. Andrew; my little patch is Heaven for slugs, snails and earwigs. Hopefully, the plants will grow tough enough to survive the onslaught each season.

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  6. I'm sorry that your pigface got eaten, and that the Devil's Ivy was snacked on by earwigs. It's still a much healthier garden than I could ever preside over.

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    1. Val; the pigface will survive and grow and probably the Devil's Ivy will too, maybe, it doesn't seem to be making much progress.

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  7. It is hard to battle what can barely be seen. I am plagued with voles who tunnel under plants and eat the roots. I like the idea that the plants that survive will be strong.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; I'm glad we don't have voles here, it's bad enough with the tiny creepy crawlies. What survives the winter here will get severely munched in the spring, but maybe will be big enough that a few lost leaves won't matter.

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  8. You have so many lovely plants, and i am very sorry something ate one. Everything has to eat, i just wish the things would go eat stuff in the woods and fields and leave gardens alone!

    My temporary foster kittens are starting to get playful.

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    1. messymimi; there's no woods and fields around here, only gardens, so I guess the critters need to munch on whatever they can find. I'm not too concerned, the plants will recover and grow.

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  9. I have never seen a jade plant flower. I wonder if we just don't get enough sunlight here? Your garden still looks so green. By this point in our northern fall/winter, most things would be black or the leaves would have fallen off!

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    1. jenny_o; do you have a jade plant? it might be a different variety, but I think they all do flower. They prefer drier, warmer conditions and flower better when the water is held back. I rarely water out there now that things are established. Just the pots occasionally when the plants in them get a bit droopy.

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  10. You have a few plants there that we used to grow inside.. and I have never seen a jade flower in person..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; jades flower better when they aren't watered too often, they like the dry. I can't have plants inside because of my allergies.

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  11. I am in love with your garden Gnome:-)

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    1. Granny Annie; he is just one of many, but the biggest by far and the first one I ever got. He came with me from my previous home where he was a lonely one-and-only.

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  12. You are indeed a wonderful gardener and it shows that you take time with it. I am not a gardener but wish I was. I gave up when flowers and plants were food for others:) Don't stop you will win. Hug B

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    1. Buttons Thoughts; the garden is mostly trial and error, many plants have been tried and failed. This makes the survivors much more appealing so I then grow more of that type.

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