Favorite This Week: Fig, Rose, or Urginea maritima?
The fig tree produced only a handful of fruit last year. In contrast, this year has been the biggest harvest ever. I discovered I don't need to net the entire tree, only the fruits that are beginning to ripen. Net bags that farmer's market oranges are packed in work well to protect the fruit from birds, rats, raccoons, squirrels, and possums. Everyone around here likes figs.
I must also mention the roses. Despite steady heat, they are doing very well. Most are long established now. The recent 'Cinco de Mayo' which I plucked from the Lowe's Death Rack a couple of years ago is finally looking pretty. Last year the flowers were dreadful. They have improved significantly.
Then there are the Urginea maritima bulbs. There are three bulbs (where originally there was one) and two are blooming. Urginea are unusual in that they split into multiple bulbs from the top, rather than from the base. This year the flowers are particularly pretty. Last year was a dud (like the fig tree, and 'Cinco de Mayo').
Here's to continued improvement! I did think nothing in a garden could be as cute as Lila, our "Favorite Plant Of The Week" host's resident Garden guardian, but Natasha never ventures into the garden--she's not allowed. Wisely, she spends hot summer days napping on cool stone floors.
Boris would rather sulk. He's dreaming of digging out all kinds of plants and ripping them apart and then eating them all and barfing them up and eating them again. He's not allowed in the garden, either. Wonder why?