Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Second Spring"

When the heat of Summer finally gives way to the cooler temps of Fall, it's almost like having a second Spring, with the plants that survived the heat showing off new growth and blooming with joy.  Second Spring also signals time to plant veggies, both winter varieties and some that are considered summer veggies in cooler climes.

The yellow mini roses in the window box are blooming, after adjusting to being transplanted.

Plumeria 'Novelty' continues its' beautiful display nearly a month after first blooming.

The mums, which barely survived the summer, are almost ready to bloom.

The habaneros are ripening daily.

Shishito peppers, which can be eaten green or ripe.

Jalapeno sprout peaking out of the bed.

Uba Tuba pepper in the ladder planter.

Winter crops starting to sprout.

Some of the birds which winter over in my area have returned, as I've seen the first Abert's Towhee and Brown-headed Cowbirds at the feeders, as well as 2-3 Anna's Hummingbirds at a time fighting for ownership of the nectar feeders.

Male Anna's Hummingbird on the lookout for intruders who would steal his nectar.

Abert's Towhee, the largest member of the sparrow family.

Brown-headed Cowbirds

I've also made a few more acquisitions, both decorative and plant-wise.

A tree spirit.

Another unidentified Huernia

Gasteria liliputana added to the wheelbarrow planter.

Some of the rose cutting are starting to develop roots; they form under the cambrium at the point the cutting was made and eventually there should be 1-2 dozen roots.

The roots are forming around the circumference of the stem, under the cambrium.


  1. Your garden is going well Mr. B. I like the idea of huernia in the wheelbarrow, it would grow over the sides nicely.

    I never have been able to get rose cuttings to root so that's awesome.

  2. Shirley, I've gotten rose cttings to root, but never have successfully gotten them to grow once planted, so this time I plan to wait at least 2-3 months before planting them, or until the roots are at least 3"-4" inches long.