Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Bloomin' Tuesday- Garden mascots and a new salad greens bed started
Here is the huge cantaloupe plant my son brought home a few months ago. It spread and spread but only produced one melon that has gotten to be any size. Over the weekend I pulled all of this out, except for the main plant and the strands that go up the far wall, climbing the "Cats Claw" vine. In that little hanging clump is the one melon, still not much bigger than a softball, but I had to leave it just to see what happens.
Here is the main plant, after the rest of the mess was removed.
Once the cantaloupe was removed I discovered two small strawberry plants and a couple of spiders hiding under the mess! I had forgotten they were even in there.
The newly cleared bed is planted (around those 2 strawberry plants) with a mix of 7 salad greens, and spinach. Of course you can't see it yet, but give it a couple weeks and there should be green sprouts everywhere! I haven't done many veggies yet, so this should be fun!
And here is that baby cantaloupe hiding in the mass of Cats Claw- do you think I'll ever taste this one?
And some blooms for Bloomin Tuesday! Although I tend to have a real mix of plant types in my yard, I do try and keep the big front area limited to plants that once established will not require much water. I am sometimes amazed at how well these plants can do, compared to those that I have to plant and then baby along. This little Ruella brittoniana (Mexican Petunia) was just planted last weekend and it is sending out blooms like crazy! Not one sign of transplant shock in this little guy, and he is smack in the middle of an unshaded sunny area. Makes me think I should stick more to the native plants.
And finally my new garden mascots! I bought these down in Mexico the other day. I love the little deer guy- I think that is what he is supposed to be anyway!
Have a wonderful Bloomin' Tuesday everyone!
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