I was off to a late start planting my anemone corms/bulbs. When they all got root rot, I thought they were goners even after replanting them all with more sand mixed in the soil. So, I was really pleased to see that even through my follies I have one bloom! Also, I'm glad I took a photo when I did because later that day (yesterday) there was an insane hail storm that tore the flower up. Poor thing.
|Anemone "Mr Fokker"|
The latest drama in the balcony garden flower boxes...
I had to replant all the anemone corms to stave off rot because I didn't mix in enough sand for drainage. Then as soon as the anemones started sprouting healthy shoots, a gang of entrepreneurial ants started using my oxalis plant as an aphid farm. Then a spider set up shop between and above the flower boxes and likely ate my little ladybug larvae that I bought to stave off the aphid farm. Or maybe it was the crazy grasshopper chewing on my pepper plants and then shedding its exoskeleton on my gladiolas--maybe he ate my aphid-eating ladybug larvae! Gardening drama is so much fun.
|Oxalis "Iron Cross"|
In pepper news, the pepper plants I picked up from a generous dude who had too many are doing really well. I have tons of green chiles and jalapeños
. I think I may leave some jalapeños
on the plant and see if they turn red... I usually don't have enough patience to wait for true maturation.
|Plentiful Jalapeño peppers