Usually Sweet Peas bloom around Easter time here in SoCal. But we've had such a crazy winter weather wise that mine have already begun to bloom. We had warm-shorts-wearing weather and then back to cold-regular-winter weather. And we're supposed to have 80º by Sunday! I've got tall Sweet Peas in the ground and dwarf Knee High Sweet Peas in several pots. Keep cutting them to produce more flowers! I hope you planted some last Fall.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I do love orange. Pink is good too. But to put them together on one flower is awesome! This plant blooming for me now is Chorizema "Bush Flame". I bought it at The Huntington Botanic Gardens a few years ago. It's never looked this good. Of course it is in the pea family. Look at those cute flowers! Chorizema is supposed to grow 3 feet tall and wide. Mine is about 1, 1/2 by 1, 1/2 feet and is in a pot. The leaves are kind of rough, green and oval. Of course it is from Australia. I always love Australian plants! I might plant it in the ground this year. Wish me luck!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Here's what I've been doing on my jobs since the last week of December. Pruning roses is what we do in SoCal in January into February. If you've been following along you've seen some of the reasons why we prune. If you haven't, we prune to get rid of pests and diseases, to encourage new growth and to make our rose bushes a manageable size. Strip off all the leaves to get rid of most diseases. Just pull down and they come off. This is what they should sort of look like when you are done pruning depending on the age of the plants. Older really woody plants might not be able to be pruned so low. These are pruned about knee high. I'm not going to give a whole lesson here on how to prune. Stay tuned for my total. Last year I pruned 2065 bushes. I think I'll surpass that this year.