Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011

A hard freeze is predicted again for New Year's Eve, so all my columnar cacti are dressed for the occasion. The Styrofoam cups protect the growing tips. I've covered many of my potted cacti and a potted Meyer Lemon, but all the rest of my plants are on their own. I'm sure the Bougainvillea will be the first to go, followed by the Queen's Wreath, but come February, they should start coming back.

Ring out the old, ring in the new! This Agave desmettiana is on its way out now that it has produced a stalk. Unfortunately there are no pups to replace it. It hasn't produced any for the past two years. I'm not sure what the freeze will do to the stalk and its budding inflorescence.

This is the only rose currently in bloom in my garden. It's a Red Intrepid, and it lives up to its name. This one rose bush produces an abundance of roses nearly year-round. However, it has very little fragrance. This past year has been a disappointment in the rose department. I haven't had any roses on the other bushes since October, and what few there were weren't much to look at. In a couple of weeks I'll be pruning and remulching, and then in February start with the fertilizer.

We've finished the year with 12.69 inches of rain, compared with last year's 4.28. The average is around 7.5 to 8 inches. The weed crop should be fantastic this spring!


rohrerbot said...

Your rose looks beautiful. I have everything covered tonight in the gardens....but it is going to be cold....I'm a bit worried about the larger cactus, but we'll find out tomorrow morning. Happy New Year!!

Julie said...

Happy New Year Aiyana!!! Nice to see you! Been missin you, for sure! Glad you have one rose doing something year round...that is nice! I can't believe how much rain you got this past year compared to the year before! You are right...he weeds will be tripled!!! I took a pic of my downed prickly pear, but have been too busy to get it uploaded! Maybe tomorrow.

verobirdie said...

Aiyana, I hope there won't be too much frost damage in your garden.

Wishing you a happy new year, and thanking you for sharing all those pictures.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Happy New Year a little late! Outstanding idea about the plastic cups on your columnar cactus. Never would have thought of that. Are they styrofoam?

Aiyana said...

Yes, they're styrofoam. Plastic would not offer frost protection. I get the cups in bulk at Sam's Club, and they last for years. Actually, my cacti have outgrown the size I have. Wish I would have just purchased the largest ones to begin with!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Aiyana,

I wanted to let you know that I am currently organizing a Bloggers Tea for March 26th.
All the details are on my current blog post.
You are welcome to grab the button and spread the word.

I hope that you can make it. It should be a fun day.