Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Back In The Garden

It's been warm enough again to water the garden barefoot, in short sleeves, first thing in the morning. Usually the cannas are cut back to the ground this time of year, but they're thriving and putting up blossoms already. Their biggest appeal to me is their colorful, tropical leaves, no two ever alike, pictured above and below. They're easily grown and easy to divide and transplant. Two initial Tropicannas have yielded dozens of new plants.

Ladybugs are always welcome visitors. These little red beetles (sometimes plain and sometimes polka dotted) feast voraciously on aphids, white fly and other garden pests.

The African daisies are outdoing themselves this year. We're already collecting seeds from them to dry and store for next year.

Nasturtiums remain an all time favorite, leaves and flowers.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

I truly miss blooming flowers.