Friday, May 17, 2019

Snake Plant flowers



I have had Snake Plants off and on all of my life. I bought this one to help clean the air in my house. They are the number one plant for air purification! I was stunned one day to notice a little spike. A flower spike!! I didn’t know they flowered!! A couple days ago the flowers opened. Aren’t they pretty. What you can’t see in the photos is that they open fully in the evening and then emit a very strong sweet smell in the air. 

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

A lovely new Phalaenopsis Orchid





I can’t believe the root growth on this orchid. It also has what looks like a new flower spike forming (it already has two) and either a new flower branch or Keiki forming on the flower stalk. It is a spectacularly vigorous and beautiful plant. 

Sunday, May 05, 2019

My rhododendron is spectacular this year


I planted this rhododendron in the spring of 1980. It is now about 7’ tall. It has never been this covered with flowers before. 
I wonder if it was the February snowfall that did it?


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Look at all the new leaves on the citrus trees!











I am so thrilled at the progress my citrus trees are making. Look at the new lovely green leaves. There are hundreds of them. Up until now, the few new leaves I would get, were pale green soon to fade to yellow. Now I am throwing everything I have at it. I spend at least ten minutes a day looking them over carefully. I find about 2-3 tiny baby scales per day and scrape and squash them. I look under leaves for spider mites and will again spray as soon as I see any. I spray the leaves top and bottom whenever I water the trees. As well I gave them Jobes Fruit Tree and Citrus spikes. I had let things get totally out of control and it took sulphur spray and horticultural oil to kill the massive scale infestation. I am an organic gardener, so I have done things with these trees I normally would not do. But I want to get them healthy and strong and then switch to completely organic after that.