10/20/09

Second Spring

Warm weather and recent rain (half-inch yesterday, 2.5" from last week, not to mention the 120 gallons of supplemental watering I did using water from the rain barrels) have set off a growth spurt in the garden and polished everything to a clean green.

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Tibouchina urvilleana seems particularly delighted.

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Also fuchsia

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And believe it or not, Rosa 'Honey Bouquet' has a dozen buds on it!

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The mystery bulb I was having problems identifying on Bloom Day is a Nerine. Duh!

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Spring wildflower seedlings are coming up everywhere

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The LBBs still visit every day.

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In fact they come several times a day.

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The tomato plants are gone, but I'm leaving up the cages for visitors who need a perch.

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There are some beautiful green leaves

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But the buckeye's bare branches attest to the fact that this is not spring.

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And the grape leaves are very clear about it.

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8 comments:

Dirt Guy said...

Great pics Chuck! Gotta love the rapid fire change of seasons around here.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I thought that I loved the princess flower and the fuchsia, and then I saw the grapevine with the blue sky in the background. WOW.

Christopher C. NC said...

The first winter rains in Kihei felt the same. A nice good bath and the plants looked so happy. The zephyr lilies would bloom. Seeds would germinate. Rain is a completely different animal than irigation.

Pam/Digging said...

Mmm, luscious.

azplantlady said...

Hello Chuck,

I love how lush and green your garden looks after the rain. Your Nerine flower is just stunning! I am glad you were able to identify it :)

martha said...

Your garden is always so gorgeous, in every season! I am so envious of all the visitors to your birdbath, no one ever seems to come to mine. I like the idea of your rain barrels, can you share more about them? What kind? How they work?
Thanks for making my day with your lovely photos!

Martha

Jane said...

What stunning pictures of these lovely snippets of your garden. I especially like the shots of the grape leaves and the little brown birds bathing. Thank you!

Brad B said...

So lush. It looks great. Our garden definitely appreciated the rain as well, but looks nowhere as green and full as yours.