Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I haven’t made a post since May 24 even though I have taken A LOT of photos. I finally finished the fence in the back of the hayfield then started on the Canna bed extension. I have repotted several of the cactus and succulents and had a weird surprise. Some of the plants have been photographed more than once over the past couple of weeks because they get outdated by the time I get around to making a post. This post will cover photos from May 25 through June 10… Each plant mentioned is linked to its own page, but the page may not be updated yet. I made a few changes along the way, so some of the earlier published pages are not updated with links… Plus, I still have to add some photos I took afterward. I will get caught up some day. 🙂
The Echinopsis ‘Rainbow Bursts’ in the top photo is now in its new pot. The sides were beginning to bulge so I thought it was time. When I bought this plant from Wal-Mart on February 1, 2016, the label said it was an Echinobivia ‘Rainbow Bursts’ and it was an intergenetic hybrid between Echinopsis and Lobivia. Well, the species in the Lobivia genus were moved to the Echinopsis genus, so I guess that means it isn’t an intergenetic hybrid after all. Yeah, I know. You are only supposed to increase the pot size by 1/2-1″ diameter larger but I thought the babies may eventually fall off and need room, too.
The Cylindropuntia imbricata (Tree Cholla) is doing very well and going through a growth spurt. There for a while, when it was very cold, I had begun to wonder if it survived the winter. But, as you can see, all is well. This cactus is very interesting to watch in the spring and early summer. It is cold hardy in USDA zones 4a-11 (down to -30) so it was OK here in zone 6a even though it completely changed color like it was dead.
The Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill) is now flowering up a storm. I need to take some measurements of the flowers this summer to see if it is a Geranium sanguineum var. striatum.
I had to put the Mammillaria elongata in a new pot because it looked like it was giving me the finger all the time. But, even after it was comfortably in the larger pot it STILL continues to make the same gesture. Well, I guess I deserve that because I did knock it off the table while it was in my bedroom and most of the offsets broke off. That happened only a few days after I brought it home so I guess we got off to a bad start. On the brighter side, the offsets all have roots. I had debated whether or not to put the offsets that fell off in their own pots but decided I didn’t need that many more pots of the same species so we shall see what happens next.
The new Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ isn’t doing so well. It started rotting soon after I put it in a pot so when I took the plants outside I put many of the rosettes other pots to see if they would take root. I took a more recent photo but this one looks the best. Surely, a few will take root!
I let the chickens out on May 27th after the family reunion which was the first time since last year. I would let them out more but there is no fence to keep them safe. Never know when a fox or the neighbor’s dog will pay a visit.
The White Chantecler rooster is proud to be the new sheriff since the Delaware was de-throned. I am not exactly sure how that happened because the Chantecler is not a fighter unless it is with the bantam rooster.
This is a photo of two of the White Chantecler hens. There are three of them but one did not get in this photo. She is the weird one who tries to eat water instead of drinking it. They are very calm dispositioned although one is beginning to growl.
Once the bigger chickens went around to the side of the chicken house…
I let out the Old English Game Bantams. I can’t let them out together because they DO NOT like each other. Not only do the roosters not like each other, but the hens really get into it. They soon went to their favorite spot under the lilac bush by the shade bed and behind the shed.
Some of the big girls started sunbathing. Then after a while, they ventured to the backyard where the shade bed is. Now, the bigger chickens aren’t like the bantams and pay absolutely no attention to where they are going. They never have a plan and are not concerned with making one. I have to watch them or they start digging where they aren’t supposed to. The bantams never disturb any of the plants even when they fly on the plant tables and walk on the edges of the pots. They seem much more intelligent and are VERY alert. When the bigger hens moved to where the bantams were, the bantams went to snoop in the chicken house. They seem to try to avoid a fight but sometimes they just can’t control themselves. 🙂 None of the hens actually start the fight, it is just automatic. The roosters are a different story. It’s all about protecting their hens, their territory, and their dignity.
On May 27 I decided to move an Alocasia ‘Calidora’ (right), Alocasia ‘Portora’ (center), and Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ (left) to the corner bed along the old foundation. I have smaller and larger plants, but I chose three average size plants for this experiment. Normally I put most of the smaller Colocasia esculenta in this spot but they don’t seem to get anywhere here because there isn’t enough sun. With no pot to slow the Alocasia down, they may get bigger here. We shall see.
I still haven’t decided where to put the rest of the Colocasia esculenta. I am considering digging a bed on the east side of the house.
The Agastache ‘Kudos™ Gold’(Dwarf Hummingbird Mint) is doing very well in the north bed but the color just doesn’t seem right for a Hyssop.
The Elephant Garlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum) is looking really good. They are an Allium so why not keep them in a flower bed? Plus they are great in sphagetti sauce! I think it is weird how some variety names are the same as the species.
Well, I certainly goofed here! I planted the Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ in the southwest corner bed next to the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ last spring. They got along perfectly well until this spring. The Baptisia decided it would take over the entire corner. The Baptisia did flower but I may not have put in a post…
Just in case I didn’t post the flowers, here it is. There were only a few clusters and they didn’t flower for very long. The above photo was taken on May 11.
Now it has giant peas!
Now the poor Phlomis ‘Edward Bowls’ is not the center of attention in the corner bed now. It needs more light and it didn’t flower! GEEZ! I think I may have to give the Baptisia a good shearing.
The Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ I bought last spring is now moved out of the corner and already has a bud. The first Hosta bud of the season. Normally Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is the first.
The bigger clump of Achillea millefolium is now at the corner of the barn but isn’t ready for a photo as it is still acclimating to its new site. It does seem to approve, though. The other clump of Achillea (now behind the H. ‘Empress Wu’) is much bigger now and may make its way to the south bed. It won’t like the shade anyway. There are also several new sprouts that have ventured out into the sun… Like I said, if the Achillea doesn’t like where it is, it will move all by itself. The Achillea in front of the chicken house is trying to move around the corner as well. GEEZ!
The leaves of the Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ will get very large but it will take several years for the clump to reach its mature size. It is the worlds largest Hosta cultivar. I can hardly wait to see how big the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ will get this year. They are neighbors in the north bed.
Even with all the excitement spring brings, probably the best news this spring is…
I brought this Sedum spurium ? home from the greenhouse in 2015 with no label. It has many of the characteristics of Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’ but I hoped for flowers to make a closer positive ID. After all this time…
It has a few buds! 🙂 Now maybe I can say for sure it is ‘Dragons Blood’ or not.
Plus the Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’ is going to flower for the first time since 2012 when we were, I mean I was, in Mississippi. I almost lost this plant and we really struggled for several years. I mean we struggled with just one stem a few times but it still hung on. Then I moved it to the cast iron planter with the Sempervivum ‘Killer’ last year and it did a little better. This spring it came up with a new lease on life. I was shocked!
Another weird thing is one of its stems is a different color. Maybe it has given me a new variety. 🙂
The non-variegated Sedum kamtschaticum is doing AWESOME as always. I have to measure this plants leaves and size this summer because it may be a Sedum kamtschaticum subsp. ellacombeanum which is larger than the species. Unless… OK, I am not getting into the “unless” on this post because it is already on this plants page.
The Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ is doing very good tucked in this spot between the cast iron planter and the foundation. I can see it is trying to escape…
It also has a few buds! Sorry I didn’t get a clear photo even though I took quite a few to choose from. You just never know…
I am going to close this post because I have three or four more right in line. Two have been a work in progress. Well, this is going to be a very different and exhausting end of the week.
So for now, be safe, stay positive, never give up on anything worthwhile and important. As always, GET DIRTY!