Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sweet things to come ...

Wow. My Wisteria is gearing up for a big bloom up on the back fence. This is the most advanced of the blooms, coming onto the fuzzy buds that cover the branches today.

She's intermingling with the Crossvine on the other side of the back fence. This is the first open bloom on that side, and there are thousands of little buds just waiting ... waiting for RAIN.

Which we did NOT get today.

In spite of being promised rain. (well, technically not promised, but I foolishly hung my hat on the 30% chance in the forecast. I guess I only hear what I want to hear!)

This Euryops Daisy is very happy with our spring-like weather, and has burst into bloom.
And here are all the big plants in their new, albeit temporary, corner of the patio. I still have about 1/2 of the smaller plants inside the greenhouse and am bringing those out a few at a time.

And now the forecast for next week includes a 37-degree night.

Aargghhh!

But I also know if I had left everyone in the greenhouse the forecast would have been for 91 degrees like it was last week.

[I know, I'm NOT in charge!]

14 comments:

Carol said...

Such a roller coaster of weather you ride, until it actually gets hot. We had a brief shower this afternoon, but only .07 inches fell on my garden.

Hope you get some "promised" rain, soon!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Gail said...

How frustrating! Maybe this will be the last and the coldest of winter to visit you! On the other hand those are might pretty blooms! gail

getgrounded said...

Diana, with your bit of Shangri La that seems to be warmer than the rest of us, hopefully it will really only be in the 40s at your place. I'm hoping for that at my place as well. So much work in the springtime! And just this weekend, the live oaks lost all their leaves in my neighborhood. Such a messy time, isn't it?

Diana said...

Carol - you're right, it is a roller coaster. I hear you guys warmed up last week but it's supposed to be cold for our visit. That's too bad. And, yes, in the summer we have hot, hotter and hottest!

Gail -- I'm just going to be in denial and pretend like I didn't read that forecast! Besides, it's likely to change anyway, right?

GetGrounded -- You're right, it might not even get that cold here. Just like we haven't gotten any rain so far -- I am really disappointed about that. You are right, lots of work to be done with leaves everywhere. And then come the worms!

getgrounded said...

Oh, you had to remind me about the worms! I had forgotten - though I can't imagine how. I have many live oaks by my front door, and I hate negotiating through that every day during the spring worm season. It would be more appropriate for Halloween, I think! Maybe they won't like the dry winds we are having and will leave quickly.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

That wisteria looks good enough to eat. What an emotional roller coaster you are on what with the mights and maybes of spring weather.

kate smudges said...

Wow the wisteria looks especially wonderful to my colour-starved eyes. That must be exciting to see first hand. The Crossvine bloom is gorgeous.

I guess spring weather is always a bit wonky no matter where one lives.

Pam/Digging said...

Oh geez, the worms! I'd forgotten too. This is the first time I've ever had live oaks (or oaks of any kind), and so the big spring leaf drop is eye-opening. Keeping the pool clean is a daily job. Still, the shade will be mighty welcome come summer.

Diana said...

GetGrounded -- Sorry to be the bearer of bad news ~ but I HATE those things. We were spared last year because the heavy rains all summer broke their reproductive cycle and washed them out long before March.

Lisa - I just love Wisteria - something about those fuzzy buds and the twisting woody vines together...

Kate - It's sure been wonky here this year. Ups and downs, but not very many downs. And even though I like that, it does mess up our plant cycles.

Pam - Maybe Robin is right and the winds will help blow some of those critters right out of the trees before they are ready to do their thing!

Frances said...

Hi Diana, HA, you are right about who is in charge and it is NOT us gardeners! You are also right about the plants being better off outside even though they will have to be brought back in. Same exact thing here, although not quite as hot, but still the plants are better off in the fresh air and sunshine out of doors. Your wisteria will be beautiful and the crossvine already is. We have Tangerine Beauty, and it is always a delight. I did make the fairy gazebo. Its story was in the previous post if you're interested, or anyone else who lives at your house! :-)
Frances

Diana said...

Frances -- Well, the cooler, wet weather hit this morning. And the plants are NOT coming back in. They will just be chilly; it's not supposed to freeze and I simply can't move the big ones (I had guys do that last week) and I still think they will be easier for my son to care for here on the patio. Love that Fairy House -- It's amazing that you made it yourself. Wow.

getgrounded said...

Diana, you have to promise to show a picture of that crossvine and wisteria combination once it blooms! That sounds intoxicating to me, and I would love to see it.

Diana said...

Get Grouded - well, you know, I planted 3 of the Tangerine Beauty Crossvines on the wrought iron fence. Then later I planted the Wisteria on the wooden fence that meets it. I INTENDED for them to each go their separate ways. HA! The crossvine went UP the oak tree and the wisteria is coming over to meet it -- again, just a reminder that I am not in charge. And all this rain should make everyone bloom like crazy soon!

Janet said...

Diana, I think I may have found the answer to your question about your Abutilon. http://sharingnaturesgarden.blogspot.com/2009/02/have-you-seen-this-abutilon.html

Just got a newsletter from the Chocolate Farm and they have one called 'Red Tiger' looks very much like yours. http://www.chocolateflowerfarm.com/
Janet