Thursday, December 5, 2013

Weather, Blooms and Other Stuff

We've been having some unusual weather around here lately, with a storm from November 20-23 dumping nearly 3" of rain, making it the 3rd wettest storm in November since records began in the 1890's and bringing the total for the year here at Dove Manor 9.59", over an inch above average.  The following week saw gorgeous temps that were typical for this time of year, but now we're being hit by the huge Artic cold front that's affecting most of the country.  We're under a freeze warning tonight, with several more forecast in the coming week before temps get back to normal again.  I finally had to turn on the heater and will be moving the potted tropicals and covering what can't be moved.

Rainwater from the storm; I saved it in a barrel to water the potted plants (nearly 20 gals)

Despite the weather, there are still plenty of blooms to be found in the gardens, including roses, mums and cannas.

Bee on mums in a window box.


Climbing America

Climbing Don Juan

Iceberg; love the pink edging on the bud and wish it stayed when it opens.

Window box full of mini roses.

Petunias in the deepest purple.

Rose tower with Don Juan and Iceberg.

Heurnia somalica, third bloom this year and more to come.

I added another euphorbia to the wheelbarrow garden, this one's Euphorbia ferox.  

I think it's finished for now, unless the freeze gets some of them.

I noticed a couple of the pups on the "Mother of Thousands" and fallen off and were rooting in the pot, so I took twenty off the mother and potted them together.  They've all rooted and will be ready for their own pots in a couple of months.

Lastly, look at the gorgeous purple mottling on Orbesa malanantha now that it's getting direct sunlight on the porch.  

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