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Home garden

While I had thought that my home garden was languishing with very little sunlight in winter, just as spring entered, all the plants suddenly woke up and made their presence felt. I found flowers blooming all over, salad leaves perking up, new buds making their appearance in dried stumps and branches  of cuttings I had given up for good; they really surprised me. Here are some flowers in bloom:

Daffodil viola
pansy pear

Daffodil, viola, pansy and pear (click to enlarge)

Here are some harvests and which form part of my daily salad at breakfast:

broccoli nasturtium
norabona, lettuce, ruccola radish, broccoli, ruccola, lettuce

Some harvests from my home garden L to R and clockwise: Broccoli, nasturtium, lettuce and norabona, radish, ruccola and broccoli (click to enlarge)

Geranium Blue pansy
Daffodil Spiraea thunbergii

More bloomers in my garden: L to R and clockwise: Geranium, blue pansy, daffodil, Spiraea thunbergii (click to enlarge)

I discovered something amazing in the Japanese winterberry that I picked up during the winter hike in December. I brought it back with me from the hills, placed it in a nice vase filled with water and renewed the water from time to time. The seeds turned red and remained so without dropping off for more than 4 months. Just last week I looked closely and there were fresh green leaves from the middle of a branch – but no roots! This really surprised me – if any of you has an explanation, I’ll be happy to know. See the photos below.

Japanese winterberry Japanese winterberry

Left: Japanese winterberry – placed in water in December          Right: Branch of new leaves, but no roots in the stem

 

Here are some more colors from my home garden: (click to enlarge)

Hyacinth nira flower
unknown japanese photinia

L to R and clockwise: Hyacinth, nira flower, snapdragon, flaming red leaves of the japanese photinia

Finally, my favorite wisteria that I transplanted from a friend’s garden to mine has started flowering!

Here it is:

Wisteria

Wisteria

That’s all for this week! Have a great day!

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11 Responses to “Home garden”


  1. April 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Spring weave her magic and our gardens (and ourselves) are renewed. Lovely post.

  2. April 17, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Congrats on your harvest! Love all the pretty flowers, especially the pear flowers. Lovely.

  3. April 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks, Lzyjo. I found the name of the flower that my friend presented (“unknown” flower) – it is called snapdragon. Looking forward to seeing your spring veggies and plants too.

  4. April 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    wow! all of the flowers are so lovely; the pear is also my favorite!

  5. April 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    The pear is my favorite too! What is the picture in the 2nd group of photos, the one on the top-right, that you put in your salad? I don’t recognize it. Thanks for the botanical message 🙂

  6. 8 Meg
    May 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Love your gardens both home and office! Wisteria is a favorite but never to grow in my zone4 garden. Thanks for your welcome to Blotanical.Happy Gardening Meg

    • May 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Meg. My plan next week is to erect a supporting frame for the two Wisterias in my office garden and lead the branches over them so that I can sit under the flowers next year! Happy gardening!

  7. May 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    The flowers are beautiful! Thank you for my blotanical welcome! Check out my blog at taraandmattfraser.blogspot.com!

  8. 11 Suguna
    July 10, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Beautiful and the environment is so nice that you can work after attending to the gardening issue.Keep up.


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