Six on Saturday - November 21, 2020
It's been wet and cold and dark and miserable and often windy outside. So, I don't have much to offer on this
Six on Saturday!
1 - Water
The reason most everything is planted in raised beds. This is what clay soil does in the rain. Nothing. It will get twice as deep. Time to break out the rubber boots. That bed is the Pollinator Garden. It isn't level, so seeds get washed to the side seen here. Most of the seedling type greenery seen here are volunteer Chinese Forget-me-Not. Inside the rock circle is one of my new Rose Marvel sages.
2 - Mystery
Want to help me out? Two of these came up in late spring in the Pollinator Garden. They grew very slowly, and never bloomed, so I guess they are biennial or perennial. But, biennial or perennial what? Suggestions might jog my memory of what I sowed here! I'm thinking something that was in a mixed pollinator flower seed packet.
3 - Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
The plant isn't attractive right now, very leggy, but the ends have beautiful, shiny red leaves. This was here when I moved in, and it's adapted to life in the herb garden.
4 - Tri-Color Stonecrop
Another cold weather beauty, I bought this one and turned it loose in the front yard and the herb garden. Succulents there are limited to the edges of the beds. This one is a cutting I'm rooting in a terracotta planter. You can see it has bare stems too, in the shadows on the right.
5 - More Stonecrop
I can really tell the difference between 'Angelina' and 'Blue Spruce' this time of year. (Obviously the one that isn't blue is 'Angelina'!) 'Angelina' in other containers is quite a bit more yellow than these.
6 - Gummosis
I can't be the only gardener who can't grow fruit trees. I prune and spray like advised, and still... My cherry up and died for no reason, borers got the apple, now my peach and pluot both have "gummies." The pluot also has leaf curl, a disease caused by aphids. The rain has really brought the ooze out. The peach was diagnosed with bacterial canker, which can cause gummosis, about five years ago (I've had it six) and I was told it would eventually kill it. It also had misshapen and misplaced (only growing on the branch halves nearest the trunk) leaves this past spring, no fruit. I will give them one more year, with spraying according to directions. If no fruit, I quit!