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Photos: our container/patio garden.

I talked about photographing our container/patio garden earlier this month but waited for a few things I repotted to perk up and the sun to stay out long enough for some good lighting (tricky after the recent rain here).

Starting in the bedroom, where a few plants are on the windowsill:

A pot of grass for Biko, two pots of epazote seedlings, and an amaryllis. The amaryllis bloomed twice in December and looked lovely.

Going outside, the first plant along the railing from the bedroom door is in a hanging pot.

It's catnip, kept safely out of reach from short creatures. (If Laurel could reach it, she would want to pick it for Biko, who prefers dried & crumbled herb.) It's been repotted from two small pots we started from seed earlier this year.

Running from the bedroom door along the railing are a variety of plants...

...starting with basil and rosemary. We started the basil last year and it was ready for a larger pot; the rosemary was purchased and not holding water well, so I repotted it and found it exceptionally rootbound. It's recovering better than I expected it to be at this point.

Next we have a pineapple Vogon started from a fruit top, three cabernet grapes he recently bought, and a pot of lavender.

This Mexican lime produced fruit last year (photo in this post). It's currently suffering from scale and being treated with a food-safe spray (its active ingredients are pyrethrine and canola oil). I hope to see it produce fruit again this year, but getting rid of the scale is most important.

The other Mexican lime, which hasn't produced fruit yet as far as I know, and a tangerine Vogon grew from seed.

The hibiscus Vogon bought earlier this month because he hadn't seen that color bloom since he spent some time in Panama.

One of the hibiscus blooms up close. (Yes, that's my hand.)

We have a few plants that are closer to the building than the railing:

The lemon thyme we picked up on Sunday, repotted into the other hanging basket. The blown glass sphere above it is a hummingbird feeder.

A kalanchoe Laurel picked out on the same shopping trip as the lemon thyme. It will come inside and be on Laurel's table once she goes a whole day with 100% potty usage again. (She was there earlier this month; I'm sure she'll be there again soon.)

Vogon's prized Thai pepper. It's a little leggy right now but produces fruit like nothing I've ever seen.

And now for something completely different:

I know it's not a plant, but I found this pretty acrylic wind spinner at Walgreens and was tickled it rung up at half price. I'm amazed to have found something so pretty and dramatic (it's about 24" high) for a song.


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Apr. 27th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
It's all so pretty!!! I looove that wind spinner!
Apr. 29th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I was so excited when I figured out how the wind spinner worked. They were lying flat on a shelf across from the toys (Laurel's favorite aisle at Walgreens) and the blue caught my eye, but it didn't click how they worked until I picked it up. Now I want to find out what other colors they come in. (:
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:30 am (UTC)
I've the same hummingbird feeder, but I replaced the tube with one with a ball-bearing valve. (The old tube lurks about here somewhere.)

Hmmm… maybe I should try growing a pineapple like that.
Apr. 29th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Do you think a ball-bearing valve works better than a tube for hummingbird feeders?

Growing a pineapple from a fruit top is pretty easy. (It gets a nice mention in this Iowa state extension article.)
Apr. 29th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
The tube with the bearing valve does not waste nearly so much fluid as did the original tube, and the hummingbirds seem to have no trouble from the valve. (Hummingbird brains seem to be well structured.)

Thanks for the link on growing pineapple! When last I went to the grocery store, the whole fruit-and-vegetable section was off-limits (work was being done on the floor); but perhaps I will get a pineapple when next I shop.
Apr. 27th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
I really like the first photo, I think it's just a good shot.

And I don't know why, but it gives me the oddest "all is well in the world" kind of feeling to read a post you made about how well all the potted plants you share with Vogon are doing. I know there's a logically sound line of subconscious reasoning using things I know but can't remember that is supporting this "all is well" conclusion, but it just doesn't seem to want to reveal itself to me at the moment...
Apr. 29th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
The first photo is the first thing I see most days. The rest of time I wake up facing the fishtank. Or Laurel.

Plants make me happy. They set down roots and flourish in conditions I don't think I would, and right now I think my plants are really happy being showered and picked over every day and fed every couple of weeks. I like to think the extra care I give my plants here makes up a bit for all the beds I left to their own devices in 2001.
Apr. 27th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
I want all that! I'm amazed at your ability to keep all of that thriving. I'm not sure I could. If it doesn't make noise in my household, it's likely to be forgotten about. Excellent job!
Apr. 29th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! Watering the outdoor plants is easy thanks to the hose, plus Laurel asks to 'help' almost every day because she likes to jump in the puddles afterward. She's a very good daily reminder. Now, if I could only get her to remind me to fold laundy... (:
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Here's where I confess my greatest weaknesses.

I kill plants.

I fear buying new plants.

I fear that Ernie will eat plants.
Apr. 29th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
I've killed my share of plants. I've tried to transport plants in the car on cross-country moves. I left three garden beds that were tended daily to be ignored. And you don't want to know what happened to that jasmine plant.

Now I just remind myself that almost every plant we have can be fairly easily reestablished and that keeping them going means having fresh ingredients without having to leave the house. We used a lot of fresh basil last year.

We generally avoid having plants that are poisonous to cats, but the ones we do have are difficult for Biko to reach. The only plants she usually shows interest in are her pot of grass and the Thai pepper, which she likes to nibble the leaves on. She's sniffed at the epazote but I don't think she liked the smell -- not surprisingly, it's called skunk-weed in some places.
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