Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saturday Farmer's Market - and Spring Continues . . .

Created by Heather at Capricious Reader, and now hosted by Chris at Stuff as Dreams are Made on.

I know. I know. It's not Saturday. 
I pushed the wrong button and the post didn't schedule properly, but better late than never. 

First up, some bad news: Something ate one of my Snow Pea plants (right) and both of my Zucchini plants. (left)

My Peonies did poorly last year and I thought they might not make it back this year. Surprise! Two big, healthy plants are blooming right now. They have an exceptionally short bloom period, so with no further delay . . .

 Another bit of happy news:

We had two very Old Rose Bushes that neighbors told us had been on the property at least since the house was built in '55.

We nurtured them and they did well until two years ago when the first of two bad (for California) winters hit and we lost the largest bush from frost damage.

The next winter damaged the remaining bush, but it is recovering well.

Last year's birthday presents!

Believe it or not, these are White Roses (great photography)

... and California Poppies.

 These actually are Yellow Roses.

 This Rose is new this year.

This Blue Iris was also a gift from my son, and it has a wonderful scent.

 But these Dutch Iris were a surprise. I had forgotten I'd even planted them.

I had a bit of a mishap this week.

I scored three agave plants on Craigslist. Two of them are quite large, but the third is smaller and I decided I could plant it myself.

It was so root-bound that I had to cut the plastic pot off, and there was hardly any soil left. 

That, however, was not the big problem.

The plant had barbs on the edges of its leaves . . . and they tried to do serious damage. By the time I finished with the planting, my arm and hand were covered with blood. My arm now looks like I tangled with an angry cat.

Here it is. Happy at last.

I don't believe these plants are the type to ever be giving me tequila, but I'm not much of a drinker anyway.


 Here are the other two.

They will be at the end of the long bed, near the stumps.

Most importantly, they don't have barbs!