This is my first time making one of these posts, so I hope I can live up to the ones I’ve read from others! They always seem so cozy and inspiring.
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Philo – Red Emerald getting a new leaf
This funky-looking worm coming out of a red pod is actually a new leaf unfurling! It’s been quite a while since the plant has put out a new leaf, probably because I haven’t been giving it enough light while indoors. I’m looking forward to seeing this leaf grow and green – and slowly encourage me to make a moss pole for this thing to hang onto.
Philo – Burle Marx getting a new leaf
I’m not sure if this is the actual name for this plant, but I think it’s right. Whatever it’s called, it’s lovely and has also grown incredibly slowly over the winter. This is the first new leaf that’s appeared in a couple months… and it was sitting next to the Red Emerald, so it probably had the same low light issues.
Daffodils starting indoors
Last spring, I’d picked up a few ready-made daffodil planters full of blooms. After a month or so, all the blooms slowly faded. I let the dirt dry out afterward, setting the troughs of dirt in a bag and figuring they were dead. Many months later, I came across these bulbs while cleaning. They had sat in a plastic bag, in a semi-sunny corner, in the SoCal heat throughout the whole summer. Somehow, a few of the bulbs actually had small greenish-yellow tips growing out of them. Many bulbs had rotted, but more than a dozen were still good enough to re-plant. I was so excited that I planted them without doing much research on exactly when and how that would be best done… but these invulnerable bulbs seem to be getting going!
Billy Buttons starting indoors
I tried growing Billy Buttons more than a year ago, and didn’t have much luck. I don’t recall any of the seeds really sprouting. So this year, I went ahead and dumped dozens of seeds into a few pots, seeing if I could get them to grow. This is about the right season… although I haven’t found much information on these plants being grown in the area, so I’m not completely sure. I have one batch of seeds starting indoors, and another batch getting going outside. Between these two spots, I’ve used up all the remaining seeds that I had left over from my last attempt. Crossing my fingers!
3 herb seed lots going in – cress, basil, lavender.
They’re supposed to be planted toward the end of winter, but winter is weird out here and we’ve been getting heat waves of 80 in between days of 50. I’m going to see how these go, and plant again later if they don’t succeed. Lavender is in the middle, cress to the left, and basil to the right. Cress is supposed to do better in a bit of shade, and having this planter as this angle lets the handrail on the balcony give shade for a fair portion of the day. When the lavender grows taller, it’ll in turn provide shade for the basil during the middle of the day. If I need more light, I can close the blinds (which are white on the backside) to bound light in from the other side. This is probably the most planning I’ve put into placing plants together – much more than my let’s see how much we can cram in here planter, off to the left of the frame.
Smog on the water
Just so much smog. What happened to all the clean air that we couldn’t see (because it’s clear – get it?) during the lockdowns? I haven’t seen it this bad since before covid. It’s really highlighting the kind of air we were breathing for years before the lockdowns and shutdowns stopped a lot of the pollution production.