I'm still trying to stay close to home to avoid unnecessary exposure to Omicron. This week's garden projects were a mixed bag. The one I got the most enjoyment out of involved a dried grape vine, my lath house, and a collection of Tillandsias (aka air plants)
The grape vine I inherited with the garden hasn't responded at all well to our drought. It produced only a few leaves last year. Apparently, it can't get by on four inches of annual rain. As the birds got 95% of the grapes it produced even during its good years, I didn't go out of my way to save it either. I started cutting it back several weeks ago with the intention of removing it but saved an attractive piece of the woody vine with the vague notion of using it in some fashion somewhere else in my garden. I fiddled with it a bit before positioning it above one of the windows in the lath (shade) house my husband built me in 2018, deciding it would be perfect to display Tillandsias.
|Here's what it looked like on my first pass. I used 6 Tillandsias I already had on hand in various corners of my garden and wired them to the vine.|
|If I ever had the species names for any of these, I've long ago lost them|
It looked too bare to me like this so I made a trip to my local garden center earlier this week, my first visit in quite awhile, to see if they had any air plants. They did!
|These are my most recent purchases, which ranged in price from $3.99 to $12.99. Only 2 were sold with species names attached.|
I also picked up a new Cryptanthus (aka earth star) while at the garden center, which I potted up and added to my lath house plant collection.
|This is Cryptanthus 'Strawberries Flambe'|
While puttering in the lath house I decided to rehab a pot I'd had there for a few years.
I replanted another succulent container while I was at it, which now sits outside the lath house with a collection of other pots.
This group of plants received by mail order late last week were promptly planted.
|Top row: Campanula persicifolia, Lavandula 'Phenomenal', and Fuchsia mangellanica 'Hawkshead'|
Middle row: 3 Salvia sclarea
Bottom row: Graptopetalum 'Pinky' and Delphinium elatum 'Morning Lights'
|The new plants don't look like much yet. I covered the 3 Salvias with wire cloches on the odd chance the rabbits might eat them to the ground.|
I don't always get my new purchases planted so quickly.
I've still got a few plants picked up during this week's visit to the garden center to get into the ground this weekend.
|This Aloe maculata is destined for the back slope|
Although I'd love to see some rain soon, I admit that the weather here is currently perfect for working in the garden, at least when the winds aren't blowing. I know that many of you in the Northern Hemisphere aren't nearly as lucky. I hope you enjoy the weekend however you spend your time.
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