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Repotting and New Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 4.13.18
Annie, I just checked with Dave's Garden, my favorite guide,
He reports USDA Zones 8-11. I have a wonderful plant source here in town and will ask him for a suggestion for something this lovely. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Oh my goodness! I got goosebumps from the photo with Mt. Hood in the background. Gorgeous! Looks like the perfect spot for a picnic.
As for the gloriosa lily, I think it will grow almost anywhere. Here in Florida, we don't have to dig up the tubers in the winter, but in colder climates it sounds as though you treat them similar to tulips.
It will continuously bloom for about a month... I think (I will have to pay better attention this year, as it might bloom for longer). They grow on a climbing vine that benefits from a trellis or fence near by. In the photo, you can faintly see a yellow string in the back. I put a few garden stakes around them this year, then wove the twine from stake to stake to make a support web for them. Right now the patch has about 50 flowers blooming!
Annie, this lily is just splendid. How long does it stay in bloom?
And here is a lovely gloriosa lily! Forgive me if I've posted a pic of this flower last year, but they are so beautiful that after many years I still get so excited when they bloom. This shot was taken this morning, when it was still wet from the night's much needed rain. I always refer to these as the porn stars of the garden, as they are not at all bashful about their reproductive organs. ;-) They have prehensile leaves that grab onto whatever they can... gloriosa is the perfect name!
I am trying to diversify. We have two well established honey murcott mandarin trees, two kumquats, and four loquats. Less established (and still needing great care) are a pomegranate, a blood orange, a white peach and a dozen blueberry bushes of mixed variety. We had a frost-resistant avocado tree that my husband and I babied and covered every chance of a frost, but sadly, it was taken out by a limb that fell on it during a lightning storm last year. Yes... I cried over it. ;-) I do a vegetable garden every year, but find it exhausting to constantly be fighting the droughts and the pests. Pouring energy into establishing trees seems much more productive in the long run!
I would love to sit in your garden and watch the birds Sentient. Just breathtaking.
These photos of your garden are beautiful and holding promise of some wonderful tastes later on. Your garden is very far ahead of mine. Not o sign of color in the tulips, although the buds are huge this year. Do you freeze or can or dry your fruit? Delicious!
Your fruit trees look so good! I'm envious of you being in an area where apples and cherries grow well. I'm in Florida, so I have no choice but to have citrus is my specialty. ;-)
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