The rain is here at last, long awaited and very welcome. In fact it has been difficult to find a nice day to take some pictures. I’m happy to take a break from the necessity of watering. This will be a brief post as there hasn’t been much going on and plant growth has slowed or stopped altogether. We don’t get a lot of frosty days and snow is almost unknown so plants just go dormant.
The work this month has been to prune back the roses and other perennials, and seed sweet peas for next spring. Now is the time to put seeds in the ground so they can develop strong root systems by May and June.
Last month I also seeded snap/snow peas, two varieties. One is a wavy purple podded strain and the other green, they should be beautiful intertwined on the trellis. They just started coming up in the last week. I ordered the seeds from ROW, they are a trial experimental snow pea mix.
Baby kale and purple mizuma are a couple of inches tall.
The winter greens will grow slowly in the cooler temperatures but I should have greens for salads and stir fries by next month.
There are only a few flowers still blooming, with the exception of the cupheas.
You can see why they call this variety candy corn. The hummingbirds like it; which is good since the rain has knocked off the flowers of most of their favorite plants.
Here’s a quick look around the other flower beds.
The potted lemon tree continues to product, although the lemons are smaller than normal. I pruned it back and trimmed some of the lemons off the tree in hopes they would grow in size. Maybe I see a little difference but not much.
The big surprise is the strawberry plant growing in the pot. I know no idea where it came from, most likely the birds.
So far there are no strawberries but the plant is very healthy. Our cat likes to nibble on the leaves.
And that’s all right now. Have a wonderful holiday everyone.