Garden journal entry
|November 22, 2017. How I do I know? It's hard to ignore the massive grocery store displays that have been up for a few weeks now (since well before Thanksgiving), and the Christmas music that is piped into retail outlets. But even Ma Nature is conspiring to bring Noel here soon: the poinsettia that's happily lived in our garden ever since it was set outside after last year's holiday season has started to color up. It's been a great plant even without the bract color, making an awesome mound of glossy green all year – but since last week, it is really glamming it up, looking especially flashy next to the pale caladium it acquired as a neighbor on Father's Day. Not that the weather is Christmasy in the least. But I've given up on that notion, for the foreseeable future.|
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|j.w.plankeel||Nov 28, 2017||I am rather surprised to see that these plants were not harmed by the frost of early november. I should expect damage for the caladium below 50 degrees. Remain more tropicals unharmed by low temperatures, or do they lose their leaves but rapidly recover? Nice to see your journal becoming its old way again. Would not mind more photos of all the splendid flowers. I try to grow plumeria in the conservatory, but it clearly doesnot like cold (40 degrees).|
The frost did not seem to affect most plants, including these caladiums. Some leaves on our mango tree were nipped, and of course the plumeria lost a bunch of leaves – but it's still hanging in there, since we haven't had any nights below 40F since then.
I'm adding photos at a high rate these days, now that so many plants in the garden are new to me (and therefore more interesting than the old standby's I grew in Pennsylvania). But most of those go straight to the plant pages, not to the journal.
|j.w.plankeel||Nov 29, 2017||Is there a way to find just the texas photos ? Preferrably with the date. That would give me an idea how those plants grow in the wild (like the poinsettia) and what to expect when trying to grow those in greenhouse or conservatory here (netherlands). Books often show the flowers, but signs of flowering on its way (like sideshoots with canna or your plumeria showing early buds), would be interesting.|
There is no real straightforward way, but a good approach might be to start at my Texas garden page, which in turn links to the few garden areas I distinguish. Each of those pages has a plant list, linking to the individual plant pages. While I don't always state in text or caption when a photo was taken, the name of the photo (as shown in properties) always contains the date in YYMMDD format.
|j.w.plankeel||Dec 01, 2017||Thanks! I had a great two hours walking through your garden! I am amazed by what you accomplished in so little time. Well done!|
I must admit I was a little impatient to get a real garden going again, considering what I left behind in Pennsylvania ;-)
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