Here's the next entry in a round of gardening posts. It felt good to complain about the silverleaf nightshade last time. Now I'd like to turn my gaze to some garden volunteers that are actually wanted. I will also show off my impressive lack of knowledge when it comes to identifying plants. Maybe you good DCFers can help put a name to the biggest mystery in my backyard:
It started as just a wee tuft of silver/green in my St. Francis garden. I didn't water it, but it got bigger. And bigger. So big I had to trim it back like it was Russian Sage. It rewarded me by filling out into this lovely shape. I'm glad to have it, but would like to give it a name.
Speaking of names, meet Cedric:
Cedric is more of a draftee than a volunteer. He was scooped up from the middle of the street by a passing stranger near my mother's house and given over to her care. With her dogs being a concern, Cedric was promptly sent over to my well-fenced backyard for safekeeping. I figured he would dig himself out in no time, but he seems to be sticking around and enjoying the strawberries, carrots and other food items I provide.
Anybody have tips on keeping a box turtle happy? He has a water bowl, plenty of plants to hide under and gets fruits, veggies and the occasional bit of cat food. Every time I figure out where he is hiding during the day, he finds a new spot to dig into. He hides so well, I probably should have named him Waldo.
In general garden updates:
I found my first baby tomato on a yellow cherry tomato bush.
The pomegranate is blooming - I love the exuberance of the flowers!
How is everybody else's garden going? This hot spell makes keeping up with watering more challenging, but nothing I won't have to get used to as the summer comes in. I'm establishing a lot of new plants, so this first summer will be critical.