Despite above average temps, the roses are still valiantly blooming, although sparsely, and the poor Anna apple is confused, as it's reblooming, which it's done before, but never in August.
|Climbing Don Juan, looking a little crispy around the edges.|
|Can't remember the name of this rose.|
|Mini roses; these were dark red in Spring.|
|Apple blossoms in August!!|
The surviving Cel's agave Agave celsii that was planted in the wheelbarrow succulent garden on 7/25/12 has tripled in size and gotten so big it was crowding out it's neighbors, so it got transplanted into a pot and now resides on a hanging shelf along with the cactus I got from my neighbor last year and some aloe I found for free on Craigslist.
|Cel's Agave, Agave celsii|
|My succulent shelf|
I also transplanted three 3-year old clumps of sage into the ladder planted, as they were planted where I plan on adding more raised beds for veggies. I gave them a severe pruning, as they were getting leggy, and fully expect them to thrive in their new location.
Lastly, while searching for new Stapelias, I also checked out the bonsai section at each nursery and at one I found an Elephant Food, Portulacaria afra, that had been made into a bonsai and was priced well over $100. Since I already have a nice specimen on my front porch, I decided to take a cutting to create my own bonsai at no cost, making sure to get a cutting with some girth to get the desired effect without having to wait years for the trunk to fill out. Once it roots, I'll pot it into a bonsai pot and then decide what style of bonsai to create.
|One of three clumps of sage transplanted to the ladder planter.|
I also was finally able to transplant the tiny unknown Kalanchoes I got at the Spring Swap, as they finally got big enough to be confident that they'll survive. I potted them up in a vintage frog planter, which looks great on the plant bench on the front porch.
|Unknown Kalanchoe in a frog planter.|
I recently spent some time on my lunch hour visiting two local nurseries near the office and found an unknown Stapelia, which I added to my collection. I also went to WalMart and found some canna 'Tropicana' on clearance for $3, so it came home and got repotted today. Eventually, I'll transplant them to a new bed I'll dig when the weather cools.
|When I bought this it was marked "Stapelia sp.".|