My visit to India for two months from August to October threw awry the plans for planting seeds for autumn and winter. This year’s offerings are a little unplanned, but sometimes such plans turn out to be just wonderful.
Christmas cactus this year (see photo below for comparison)
Firstly, the Christmas Cactus did not disappoint me this year too. They are in full bloom now.
Christmas Cactus last year behind our cat who insisted on showing up on camera!
On comparison, this year has a lot many blooms and looks fuller this year.
The camelias are doing very well bordering the edge of our parking lot as the photo below shows.
Sasanqua camelias bordering our parking lot
I found one camelia plant that had blooms slightly different than the others – it looked more like a Rose of Sharon. These were planted when we moved into our house and I noticed it this year.
Camelias – the one on the left is different from the others (right)
I plan to take cuttings of the camelia plant on the left and propagate them next spring.
Pansies, violas, alyssums
With the hostas drying up and shedding all their leaves (see upper right corner for remnants), I planted some flowers that would last the winter and brighten up the place.
Winter veggie patch
Here are my winter veggies. These include cabbage, broccolli, lettuce, sugar snap peas, and onions (those thin weedy plants at the right corner). Yes, I have planted onions for the first time, and hope to harvest them in June next year. The cabbages and broccolli have been planted at one to two-week delays for staggered harvest.
Another view of veggie patch
This view shows a small “hot house” that I got last week to store all my propagated plants. This was the largest one I could manage given the space! I really need to get a larger garden – and am looking out to hire some space!
Now in bloom!
Clockwise from top – pansy, alyssum, lantana, geranium
Next post – flowers from the botanical garden in the Izu Peninsula!
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