Saturday, December 31, 2016

FINAL POST OF THE YEAR 2016

There is just time to get one quick post in before we roll into 2017. I wonder what kind of gardening year it will be? Hot, cold, wet, dry? I little or a lot of each I imagine and sometimes when unexpected. Rather like the freeze we had while I was away 2 weeks ago. A low in the 20s brought quite a lot of destruction to the garden. Then, mother nature threw in a few 80º days just for good measure. Fortunately most of the potted plants were safe in the greenhouse, potting shed, garage or house.


The garden is looking pretty sad but in the house the plant of the moment is this Sansevieria parva, Kenyan hyacinth. So named because the fragrance is similar to that of the hyacinth. Thanks Julie Marcus for the passalong. Just as you said the fragrance is quite amazing, especially in the evening.


The calamondin orange trees are still bearing fruit. I have already made two batches of marmalade and will make more early in January. Hopefully enough to last the whole year.


The calamondins are one of the hardiest citrus but I don't plan to risk their lives. They are in pots and spend the winter in the house, which they tolerate well.

Already there are there signs that 2017 is on the way.

Gulf coast penstemon

HAPPY NEW GARDENING YEAR, everyone.


11 comments:

  1. That is an exceptional Sansevieria flower! I'm impressed by how healthy - and fruitful - your orange trees are too. Best wishes for a very happy new year's holiday!

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  2. Happy happy 2017 to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks Deb. Hope to see you in the garden this new year.

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  3. Oranges and fragrant flowers, your New Year looks to be off to a good start!

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  4. Those orange trees are spectacular. You must have perfect conditions. Best wishes to you for 2017.

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  5. I would love to hear how you tend your citrus in pots to get such fabulous production!

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    1. The calamondin and the improved Meyer lemon are the easiest citrus for pot culture. The calamondin in particular seems to stay very green. I put the plants out in the summer and bringing for the winter. The calamondin can take some frost but it is fruiting in Dec/Jan so I like to have tin the house. Blooms will appear quite early in the year but if they don't set fruit there will be more later on. Hence different stages of the fruit. But the big crop is around now. I don't do much for them. A little root pruning and replacing some compost is about all. They are very easy.

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  6. Happy New Year!
    There really is no telling, what kind of year we'll have. Keeps us on our toes. LOL

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  7. beautiful beautiful citrus. wow.

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  8. such beautiful citrus trees. so impressed. I will try to get some calmondin or improved Meyer Lemon for my austin garden.

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