Just Passing Through or Staying a While?

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Two-residents

After the hurricane did so much damage to our banana trees, we decided to thin the banana herd and took down quite a few. We have given away some to friends and, finally, transplanted a few to a more protected area of the garden. I went out to see how the transplants are faring. They seem to be doing well and I found these two little guys in the center of one of the trees. Since we are on the edge of a small lake, I don’t know if these two are just visiting or will like our garden enough to take up residence.

Until Next time,

Toni

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My Wild Child

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I have this little herb that I planted in my front garden. Actually, I moved it from my former home to this one. It is a herb that is hard to find here in the U.S.. It is called Mexican Oregano, Lippia graveolens.  But I call it Muchacho, my Wild Child. Why you ask? This:

Wild-child

It reminds me of a little boy with a bad haircut!

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Hurricane Irma Survivors

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We had little structural damage from hurricane Irma, but some of our garden took a real beating as I posted here. In addition to the wind damage, our entire area was sadly afflicted by the salt water carried in the winds. Many of the trees and shrubs in our area look as though they are burned on their windward side.

Our little garden spot seems to have recovered well. My Meyer lemon was nearly stripped of leaves, so I pruned it back, removed a lot of the lemons, and gave it a couple of gallons of fish and seaweed fertilizer. It is making a spectacular comeback.

meyer

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A Saturday Surprise

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I usually check on my gardens every morning. I am always on the lookout for marauding bugs, or plant issues. This time I was greeted by this:

berry-blossom

One of my strawberry plants has a blossom. Quite unexpected, since they are relatively new. I bought two 3″ pots on sale after Hurricane Irma. I brought them home and split each pot into two plants. Hopefully, the resulting four plants are the beginning of a border for one of my raised bed planters.

These are Quinault strawberries, the only plant available locally. From the plant propaganda it will be a hardy perennial that is everbearing, meaning that it may produce fruit from Spring through Fall. This year, I am not planning on harvesting any berries, I am much more interested in the plants producing new baby plants from their runners.

Have you grown Quinault strawberries?

Until next time

Toni