Spring Plants and Pictures
Here are a few pictures taken over the past week or so. Spring brings out the new plant growth and the color of the flowers. Click on one to view a larger version and read more about it. When finished viewing the individual pics press escape to return here. Enjoy.
Gladiolus. These have been around the homestead for a long time. Each spring they emerge and bloom. After they have finished blooming the stalks wither and I run over them with the lawn mower. Never know they are there until the next spring when they emerge again.
Just about everything I wanted to plant has been planted. Now Mother Nature has to supply the moisture.
All of the shrubs froze this winter; oleanders, jasmine, hibiscus, lantana and sago palm. I cut everything back to the ground and so far everything has sent up new shoots. That is an oleander by the wheel barrow.
Dandelion-the brown thumb or lazy gardener’s flower. Every spring these rascals magically appear, no planting, watering, fertilizing or tending of any kind. The plant grows very close to the ground, untouchable by the lawn mower. The flower is on a stem, mow it off and another will appear in a couple of days. The flowers open in the morning and by noon when it heats up the flowers close. After several days of opening and closing the flower turns into a white puffball and the seed will spread on the wind to there and yonder to do their magic next spring. To most people it is a hated weed, to others it is edible and to others, well it’s tolerated. It is an annual that doesn’t like the heat so it season is short.
In the spring of 2013 I put 100 catfish fingerlings in one of my ponds. I fed then most of last year but when the weather turned cold they quit eating. Now that the water has warmed up they started eating and boy are they hungry. They vacuum up 2 gallon cans of fish food in about 15 minutes. They are hard at work eating as you can see in the picture.
I figure that by the time they are ready for me to eat I’ll have $50 invested in each pound of dressed fish. Oh well, expensive food always tastes better.
Sunrise on the Peters farm. I was on my way to feed the fish when the sun was making its debut. By the time I got my phone out of my pocket the sun was barely touching the horizon ready to give warmth and life to this rock we call planet earth and home.
Early this year I bought three fruit trees- a plum, a peach and a pear. The peach had started to bud out when I planted them and in a few days it had leaves and flowers. Mother nature and freezing rain knocked the leaves and flowers off. Leaves did come back later but no flowers so no peaches this year. The pear and plum budded out and flowered and set some fruit. If the fruit will mature remains to be seen. The trees root system has not had time to fully establish and it looks like we are in for more dry weather. Not good news for recently planted trees.
These cactus (prickly pear-without the spines) took a real bad beating in March of 2013. Hail beat them up real bad so in the Spring they had very few babies. This year they are trying to catch up. Next year this time each of the light green prickly looking thing will be a lobe almost as large as their parent.
These lillies have been on the Peters farm as long as I can remember. They have been moved around from time to time. These were located where my garden is now so I dug then and planted the bulbs around this tree. After blooming a couple of weeks the flowers wilt and the plants dry up. Next spring they pop up for another show of color.
My mom had planted some poppies many years ago. Every spring a few volunteer plants come up. The flower will eventually turn into a round ball (seed head) with hundreds of tiny black seed. They will remain in the soil until next spring when they will sprout. These are ornamental variety of the plant and not the kind that produce bad drugs.
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