Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bouganvillea plants belong in containers

I have a love hate relationship with Bougainvillea plants. I love the year round multi color flowers, but I hate high maintenance these plants require. They are aggressive growers needing pruning several times a year, and then there are the spikes. Pruning Bougainvilleas is like going into combat, you always end up with some injuries.
Today I went after my Bougainvillea plant by the front gate.  Below is all I could cut, I'm limited by what I can put in my green garbage bin.  That's two garbage pick up for the week.  I'll finish the job next week.
This week one of my cactus bloomed these two beautiful white flowers.  According the my book this is a Ferocactus Glaucescens, the flowers only lasted one day, but they were stunning. 

Saturday, April 07, 2012

My tomatoes are under attack

Today I discovered that my tomatoes were under attack from hornworms. In the two days that I been away from the garden, these little buggers have destroyed most of my tomato plants. This morning I pulled nine fat green worms from all the plants, and I'm not sure if I got them all. When they are finish with the leaves, they go after the fruits. I had to pulled off several damaged fruits.

My Gerbera daisies are blooming again, I purchased these plants last summer and didn't expect them to survive the winter. The first gardenia of the season.

HAPPY EASTER to all the gardeners in Blog sphere

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Thinning the bromeliads

This weekend I worked with my bromeliads in the front garden (Not my favorite work) gardening with bromeliads can be tricky and a nuisance.
What to do with all the extra bromeliads pups? May be a plant sale.
I also made a kitchen garden for my daughter's new townhouse. She is a excellent cook and likes to have fresh herbs around. Her townhouse has a small patio in the back, where I will be designing her garden soon. She is my only hope, that my grandmother's gardening gene will continue in the family.

Good news on the fruit front, my papaya tree has a fruit. There is 50% chance that a papaya tree could turn out to be male and will never have fruits, this one is definitely a she.