2012 in Review

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I made notes of ongoing searches: Loropetalums, Seed Pods, Pink Roses, Pruning, and the most popular, Gardenias.

DSCF7825 Last January I had Pentas and Begonias blooming in the Greenhouse. Same this year, only my fav Begoinas this year are red, and white.

DSCF8333 Camellias were featured throughout the winter, reblooming after every freeze. I wrote about pruning up the Camellia bushes as trees. It didn’t happen.

By February, Daffodils were blooming.      banner894816.jpg

Spring bulb season lasts a long while here.

banner986.jpg In March, Camellias give way to Azaleas and Dogwood blooms.

April is full of blossoms of all kinds; always a few surprises, and butterflies. DSCF5659

Not all butterflies are welcome. Cabbage loopers will decimate a row of cabbages. This was my neighbor’s garden.

DSCF6249 Gardenias perfume the air in June. I don’t think you can have too many.

I rooted cuttings, now in the greenhouse with lizards and ladybugs busy keeping white flies and aphids at bay.

Brugs and Epis in the Night Brugmansia and Datura: Fragrant, Toxic Beauties   July was full of tropicals

and Butterflies:

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Gulf Frits on Duranta and Dark Swallowtails on Pentas.

August is full of crinums and boxwood topiaries needing pruning. DSCF6814

A Copy Cat Arrangement Using Corn in the Shuck  September is the time of harvest. We boiled peanuts and decorated for fall.

Muhly grass is the star of the October garden.        October Bloom Day still with Bright Colors

Greenhouse Tour with Bromeliads and Such Prudent gardeners move tender plants inside before frost. Here, a pot of

Ruellia and Graptopetalum have come in to brighten the greenhouse all winter.

Christmas in the greenhouse was exciting this year with Christmas Cactus cuttings. December Bloom Da;y December Bloom Da;y

I collected seeds, took cuttings, and divided and moved plants all year.

In the new year, there are plans for pruning and planting and enjoying the delights of emerging bulbs that already have shoots above ground.

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1 Comment

  1. Dearest Nell Jean,
    You have quite a turn out from your garden. Even the vegetables look very healthy and therefore your soil must be a lot better than ours here. We are the very first people ever cultivating our lot… Not much organic material yet and the water holding capacity is very poor. With the Campbell’s Soup Mushroom plant (my husband designed it and trained the staff for the entire US/Canada/Australia) still in operation we were able to dump several truckloads of spent compost. THAT is heaven and by doing so year after year it improves but they closed the plant down after Campbell’s sold off all their fresh produce companies.
    Enjoy yours and stay well.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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