'Bartzella' Peony Bloomed, And Other Spring Things
Opening a gate, I saw the first open 'Bartzella' flower. The flowers are impressive at nearly 7" in diameter. It wasn't actually a surprise, since the buds have been appearing and swelling for days, but, you know, spring.
At night they close up a bit. Did you know that?
Eustoma aka Liatris, grown here for the first time last year, not knowing how big it would get, its habits or desires. I scattered them about in various locations--all day sun, afternoon shade, mostly shade, dry, moist. They were not wholly successful, though the flowers were a delight. The ones found for sale are usually hybrids of some sort, originally for the cut-flower trade. (They are excellent in the vase). Mostly grown as annuals, they will do well for two or three years here, if they overwinter successfully.
Several of last year's plants survived in places to their liking. Cutting out last year's dying growth as new shoots developed from the base created plants more substantial than last year's six-pack seedlings. We'll see how they do this year.
Their excellence as a cut flower inspired me to turn the neglected and mostly unused vegetable garden into a cut-flower garden for this year. Many new Eustoma...
The kennel bed was retained for tomatoes. I'll try harder with them this year, but my heart just isn't in this kind of gardening.
This pair of Aeoniums grows more and more amazing, as its habit creates a perfect globe. It appears to have been meticulously shaped, but that's completely natural--I've never touched it. I almost pulled them out last August during their summer dormancy, when they look dreadful. Should have taken photos, to show how they come back in winter. They might be Aeonium haworthii. The original bits came from broken pieces I picked up on the road during a dog walk.
The bloomed-out Agave 'Blue Glow's could come out, but waiting to see if the stems produce a bulbil or two is wise. There are a few seed pods as well.
Free replacements! These grow readily. The going price for a one gallon size 'Blue Glow' is $20 to $30, so it's worth waiting and looking for these. If they were more irrigated I speculate they would produce more bulbils.
As to the 'Blue Glow' seed pods, I did try planting some seeds quite a few years ago--five? Seven? Anyway, seedlings appeared, but I left them where they were, in deep dry shade, never bothering with them. I've finally gotten around to bringing them into the light and giving them water. Time will tell what they look like. They have the blue color and red edges of the parent, though the leaves are narrower so far.
This mystery plant too was a seed planted, a seed I popped off a plant at a nursery. I can't remember what it was, and it isn't apparent what it is, either. I moved it to sun and irrigation. The mystery can continue a while. Carissa, maybe?
So that's the past few days in Spring, here. Some plants are fully engulfed with flowers, and others are still leafing out.