Monday, June 27, 2016

Passion: My kumquat plant...........

The potted kumquat plant is the only fruit plant I have in my patio garden......(though in near future, I aim to add lemon, fig, grapes or any other container-fit fruit shrubs)....


Its doing great....week back, I had added some egg shell powder to them.....
Its exciting to see the tiny plant loaded with hundreds of fragrant blooms..........I hope, soon bees will start visiting and I can see tiny green fruits.........



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Passion: My gardenscape in June......

Like everything in nature, the look of garden changes with season...so, I decided to save the current state through the blog post........

Kalanchoe seems to be doing well......getting full sun, but the flowers are not scorched, as feared..

The $11 rose plant from Costco has big pink blooms....to see how they will do in my patio....

Arabian jasmine is currently in bloom.......but the flowers are smaller in size and less fragrant........must be the time to change the soil.....for I have not replaced the bottom soil since more than a year, though I have added top soil a couple of times....

This pothos was gifted from a lady in a serendipitous situation...as she was getting ready to leave California for her home state in East Coast, she saw us existing from the local Lowe's store and coaxed to adopt her plants...my spouse resented accepting those from a stranger.......but, my eagerness led us to her house where we picked it, plus the beautiful plant below it......


This arrowhead vine I bought 2- years back, never gave any trouble and still going strong..

This jasmine is far too thin, then I would like it to be, but survived the prolonged shaded balcony of previous house that itself is miracle...I hope to see lush greenery in coming months...

These jade plants are from cuttings I picked from the Mission San Diego garden.........the historical church was a very crucial part of my San Diego time...now that I have left the place, at least I have some living memento from there......

The bougainvillea too became victim of lack of sunlight.........I hope, it will be loaded with blooms now that it gets abundant sunlight...

Same goes for the ixora......I believe, now it can have healthy, long-lasting bloom clusters......

Gardenia is not a heavy-bloomer...but when it does compensates for that, what with its big, milky-white, fragrant flowers....

Its a new member to the garden...so I have no experience handling it.....to be seen, how it does.......

Its my third mandevilla.......I love their brilliant trumpet-like flowers....learnt from past mistakes not to over-water and to be alert of aphids......

Areca palm is the oldest member of the plant assembly........I bought it to keep as an indoor plant....however, it was kept outside the entire period.......

Coleus is more like a filler...adding some contrast to the green.......it too reacts badly to water-logging and caterpillars are perpetual threat.......

Non-hybrid roses are bug- as well as stress-resistant ......plus their fragrance is sweet....

The yellow hibiscus is blooming.......

This aeonium is another plant I got from the Mission San Diego garden........

Hydrangea is another new plant for me........yet to learn its ways.........likes and dislikes.....

Asiatic lily seems done with blooming. I hope the tubers stay alive sending new shoots soon........

The kumquat plant shows sign of bloom......if it does well and fruits are borne, I plan to make pickle of the them.....high hopes :)

It will be interesting to document the progress and snags every two month or so.........

Friday, June 24, 2016

Joy: Farmers market fruit.....

We visited the Farmers market.......and hauled a medley of stone fruits home.........
Nectarine..........

Apricot.........

Plum..........


Also some peach...........
Do not they look luscious.....mush fresher than the regular grocery stores....and costlier too......

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Place: New neighborhood in Irvine.......

Its been an exact month, we arrived to Irvine from San Diego.......
Both are South California cities, with no conspicuous ecological changes......
Both are threatened by wildfires, threatened by Santa Ana wind and droughts........
However, there are distinct difference between the neighborhood of our past and present house...
San Diego house was in a busy area, near the Qualcomm stadium, the historical site Mission San Diego, the San Diego trolley and the river preserve...... at the junction of I-8 and I-15.....

The current house is in the planned community, so characteristic of the Irvine city....the clean air, no noise of rushing vehicles, the spaciousness, pleasant housing complexes, broad streets, tree-lined sidewalks, manicures lawns and parks are the perks of this place...
Some shots.......














Initially (even now) I missed the tranquil Mission San Diego gardens....for the current neighborhood appeared too planned, too monotonous to me...for all its amenities, safety and other benefits......

However, adapting and liking the place is something that can be learnt......and I did the same...



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Plant: Milkweed...

Milkweed (Asclepias) is a recommended garden plant to promote butterfly population......especially, the dwindling Monarch butterfly population...
the bloom.........


the bed.....

The larvae like to eat the leaves...while the adults sip nectar from the blooms....


Do plant them if you are mulling a garden....

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nature: As the threat of wildfire rises....

Agreed that wildfires are characteristic of mature chaparrals...its natural phenomenon and should not be intervened....
But, human factor combined with erratic rain-driven drought conditions is raising the risk and rate of this catastrophes... 
Myriad factors can start a spark that can lead to massive fires....
Last summer, a hawk carrying a snake and attempting to devor it while perched on a electric wire went wrong....a spark was generated, the eloctrocuted bird fell on the tinder-dry wild oat field, which started a fire....

The dispersed houses in the chaparrals are aggravating things...

If a fire initiates, it spreads quickly, engulfing everything in its path....As firefighters say, more and more furnished items in households are resistant towards the extinguishing techniques...
In desperate attempts to quarantine their houses, people are resorting to various strategies...like this prickly pear barricade around the  house, which is known to be fire-resistant.....

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Observation: Scarecrow.........

I like the concept of scarecrows.....
Made of rags and straws...may be a pot for head....installed in crop field to scare away birds from ravaging the produce...

How nice it would have been, if they were effective enough to boycott those detrimental pesticides made of oganophosphates, namely glyphosates....
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